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Happy Holidays! (Sorry, the liberals got to me!)

As we reflect on the last year, I hope the season finds you joyous.

Me? I’ve had a bit of a tumultuous 2023, but as the year rounds itself out, I’m finding comfort in all the things with which I have been blessed. Frequently I’ve leaned on friends and steadied by their comfort and security. Family also remains a bedrock and thankfully it was a mostly healthy year for everyone. Work continues to challenge and push me with new responsibilities, while still occasionally making me want to tear my hair out. Thankfully I’ve still got a thick mop of curls.

But perhaps the shining star this season is my new, almost year-long relationship!

Three hundred and fifty-five days, if we’re counting (and we are!), with each day bringing a new, fresh opportunity to grow and learn. Like all great relationships, it keeps me guessing and full of wonderment.

It has been a whirl. Some days it’s been bleak and bland, but others have been giddy and grand. My baby’s got range.

My Wordle streak has brought me consistent companionship, day-in and day-out.

It tests me and celebrates me. It has traveled with me to new places like Oregon and Portugal. It was the only thing with me during my five-day stint in COVID-jail this summer and has been patiently by my side in the last weeks as I deal with a broken hand.

I thought I was done playing these games. I tried the “name that tune” knock-off called Heardle and the geography quizzes Worldle and Globle. I messed around a bit with a movie identification version and a basketball player guessing game, but they couldn’t keep my attention. Even Wordle’s trivial cousin, Connections, was just that, trivial.

As we get ready to turn the page to 2024, I can’t wait to see where the next year takes my lover, my heart, my glory and me.

Josh Bard

Josh Bard is a guy. A sports guy, an ideas guy, a wise guy, a funny guy, a Boston guy, and sometimes THAT guy. Never been a Guy Fieri guy, though.

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