This past year I welcomed twin girls, Elise and Nora, joining their 3 year older sister Brinley. Becoming a father of three girls is defining me more than anything else these days. Like every year, the week between Christmas and New Years, I find myself thinking about the year past. There were ups and downs at work, bills, etc. but what stands out above all was the loss of my oldest friend and my twins coming into this world. Bittersweet is the word/s that I use to describe how I feel. The loss of my friend, Todd stings and will always. But his loss reminds me of where we are in life now, mature adults (seemingly) with mortgages and other responsibilities. I take these reflections as a way of anticipating what will come in the New Year. My Puerto Rican family calls it a “despida”, the goodbye to the past in anticipation of the new. I find myself not letting go of the past but holding on to it, as a way of prepping me for the New Year. I’ll certainly need it as my baby girls will turn one and my oldest will turn four. Just the thought of this makes me a little anxious but more than anything else, eager to see what the future will bring. Thank you 2011, I’m ready for 2012.