This year was a strong and sometimes bitter cup of tea. The year my daughter won a coveted research fellowship. Tje year we spent a month vagabonding over the summer. The year I was diagnosed with cancer and underwent vigorous treatment to kill the tumor. The year I gained a sister because my brother got married. The year I found out I am becoming an aunt again. The year my entire family came in to see me for a fantastic holiday. The year my relationship with my mom changed for the better. The year I grew up. The year I learned to appreciate the small things that serve to sweeten life.