My aged companion, Crisp, was staring into the light of day. She did a lot of that lately.
“What are you doing?” I asked.
“I’m looking into the future. It’s a bit hazy but if I squint I can make out shapes.”
“It has to an improvement on this past year,” I commented.
“Disaster wasn’t it. We didn’t win the lottery; the Cats were beaten in the final and my chair collapsed under me. I don’t know why I keep on going when there’s so much happening and not much that can be done.”
“At least we’ve stayed healthy,” I said.
“Yes, we have that to be thankful for. My resolution for the New Year will be to adopt the word ‘respair’. Do you know it?”
“No,” I announced.
“It’s the opposite of despair, to have no hope. Respair is to have hope, and I think I need a lot of it.”
I couldn’t help but agree.
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