I have tried all day, this final day of 2005, to reflect on the year that has passed; despite my best efforts, though, as I try to reflect my mind starts to wander and before I know it I find myself forgetting to look back and beginning to look forward. It's not that 2005 was a bad year. On the contrary, it was a very good year; everyone was healthy, we enjoyed many, many happy times, and Bud made huge strides forward. Perhaps I've simply gotten swept up in Bud's forward strides - the momentum is so great, the ride so thrilling, that there seems to be no need to look back; I'm just keeping my eyes on the next thing to come.
Because when I say I'm "looking forward," I don't just mean that I'm considering the year to come. I mean that I'm filled with anticipation and excitement. It's the feeling of knowing that your favorite author is about to release a new book; that you have front-row tickets to a concert you can't wait to see; that two weeks from tomorrow is your tenth birthday. I am really looking forward to what comes next for Bud, and for all of us.