Dear 2016

Hi, guys! I’m back from my holiday blogging break, and I hope that you had a great time! This post is just looking back over the past year, a letter to 2016. It’s going to be… rather depressing. Sorry about that.

Dear 2016,

You have been my worst year, without exaggeration. (Although I’ve only lived for a short time, and all of the years that I can remember have definitely been on the better side. It was a low bar to be my worst year, but this year definitely went below that bar.) Sure, there were some great things. I’m not dismissing their merit, but even all added up, the awful parts outweigh the better parts.

First off, both my mom’s dad and my family’s beloved dog (who had been with us since I was 3) passed away. Not only that, but they passed away within a couple weeks of each other, barely a month and a half after you had started. It’s one of the worst feelings in the world to travel home from your grandfather’s funeral to find your dog at death’s door with cancer.

There were some bright spots in the spring, but it was hard, because I was dealing with my grandfather’s death and my dog’s death. I know it was worse, by far, for my mom.

At the end of the school year, the Orlando shooting happened, which killed 49 people and injured over 50. Soon after that, there was an attack on Nice, which killed 86 people and injured over 400.

After the summer ended, school started positively (other than Hurricane Matthew, that is)– I got into a rock climbing team, I was homeschooling with friends, and my classes were delightful. My family had adopted a wacky rescue, who, although she could never replace out old dog, was carving out a new place in our hearts. She gave us so much love, and it really helped us. We gave her love right back, and it really helped her, after a life of being moved from shelter to shelter.

Then, though? The election. Oh my goodness. That was dreadful. It’s probably ruined the beginning of 2017 for me, and I’m just hoping that none of the other terrible things are going to leak over.

There were many more disasters than what I’ve mentioned here, whether they were bombings, shootings, natural, accidental, or anything else. So many people have died. I hope your successor will be as benign as possible, though I’m doubting it.

There were good points, I’ll give you that. I got to travel to see my dad’s parents more than usual, and I loved that I was able to spend the time with my mom’s father that I did. I met and immediately adored my adorable little cousins, whom I hadn’t seen for years. School is continuing to be lovely, and I wrote 50,000 words for NaNoWriMo. I made soap for the first time, and it certainly won’t be the last. I also started this blog– technically, I started this one in September. (I think?) But I started “Come, Rest a While,” in February. Because of everything that had happened then, I had had trouble keeping it up, and I didn’t even want to keep it up. My computer crashed over the summer, so when I got a new one, I decided to turn over a new leaf. I re-created this blog, and it was definitely the right choice. It doesn’t look particularly different, but the fact that this isn’t the blog that I had over such a difficult time makes it so much easier to use.

Other positive things include seeing some really good plays, including Hamilton. (!!!) That wasn’t a “really good” play, though. That was an absolutely amazing one.

So, 2016, I did like some parts of you. I loved some parts of you. But frankly, you’ll probably permanently be shelved with my worst years. Here’s hoping that 2017 is better.

Kit Randall


21 thoughts on “Dear 2016

  1. I’m sorry 2016 didn’t turn out all right for you! Some years are like that. For me, this was the best year I’ve had in forever. I’m hoping 2017 will be even better … and that it’ll be simply amazing for you!

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  2. Sounds like 2016 was a difficult year for year. Some rs are like that… But I also notice the really hard years are also really good somehow at the same time??? Special years, growing years. You know?

    ALSO. Finally listened to Broadway’s Little Women and ohmygoodness, you weren’t wrong – IT IS FANTASTIC!!! Jo is just… ASDFHKLKJHGFDSAA!!!!! Professor Bhaer is perfect. Beth is adorable and gorgeous and my favorite thing ever! I don’t love Laurie??? He was kinda funny, but I didn’t love his voice… My favorite songs are Take A Chance On Me and How I Am and Some Things Were Meant To Be and Small Umbrella In The Rain and, well, ALL OF TGEM, BASICALLY!

    I’m also currently listening to In The Heights and Alabanza was adorable! I also love Breathe.


    Got a little off-topic there, didn’t I???

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    1. I know what you mean, and I guess 2016 did have that. I know I’ve changed, and in some ways that’s definitely a good thing.

      OHMYGOODNESS YES I’M SO GLAD YOU LIKED IT!!! I actually agree with you on all of those characters–something about Laurie is slightly off, I don’t know what. But I’m used to it, so it doesn’t really bother me now?? AND YES BETH BHAER JO ALL OF THEM. MARMEE TOO. I think my favorites are Astonishing, How I Am, Small Umbrella in the Rain, and… the rest of the musical. 😛

      Hurrah! I think my favorite one now is Vanessa’s song, I can’t remember the name of it. The one about elevated trains? The elevated train drives everyone insane…

      Haha, that’s okay. Musicals are always applicable, I think.



        “Musicals are always applicable” = my new mantra, possibly. 🙂

        I haven’t listened to all of In The Heights yet, so I don’t think I’ve heard that one…??? I need to get back to it.

        Yeah… Laurie’s voice. It’s a little too high (kind of like Eddie Redmayne’s in Les Mis? I hated him so much, by the way. Don’t even get me started. Obviously Laurie wasn’t THAT level of awful, but it did seem like a matter of casting a high tenor for someone who should sound more manly… Or perhaps more boyish??? He also struck me as sounding a bit too old…). Marmee… she came across as rather bitter, which was odd for me, and her songs bored me just a bit *ducks your wrath*

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      2. If I may say so myself, I think that would be quite a good mantra to have! 😛

        If you’re listening to it on Spotify, it’s at the end of the track. Chronologically, it’s nearer the beginning, but they don’t have the OBC recording in whole. It’s a radio edited one. (I think that they have the edited one because there was a pretty long interlude of talking in the middle of the original, though I could be wrong about that.) But yeah, Spotify places radio edits at the end of playlists.

        After the Laurie in the Katharine Hepburn Little Women, all Lauries seem better. The one in that movie looked like he was thirty? At any rate, he was too old. It’s been a while since I saw it, so I don’t remember him very well, but at the time I thought that he was TOTALLY wrong.

        I didn’t get the bitterness, though her songs are a little slow. *doesn’t throw any wrath* They’re sort of like the “To Life” song in Fiddler on the Roof–originally I thought they were way too long and unnecessary, but now I don’t. It’s all a matter of personal preference, I guess.


      3. Okay, I will look for it.

        Is that the same one that had June Allyson because if so YES, HE WAS SO DISGUSTING AND CREEPY I DON’T EVEN HAVE WORDS FOR MY REVULSION EWWWW I HATED THAT MOVIE SO MUCH (one of these days I’m going to get around to writing a scathing review of it…) and you are so right – in comparison with HIM, all other Lauries are gorgeous and perfect in every respect.

        Hmmm. Maybe I just got the wrong impression, then… Oh, I love that song so much! From Fiddler On The Roof! I’ve (sadly) never seen the movie but I have heard “To Life” and “If I Were A Rich Man.”

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      4. No, it was some person named Douglass Montgomery. BUT NOW YOU’VE PIQUED MY CURIOSITY ABOUT THAT ADAPTATION, KATE. WRITE THE REVIEW!

        WHAT BUT IT IS ABSOLUTELY POSITIVELY AMAZING. And three hours long. But still. Waaatch itttt.


      5. Aha! I looked it up and you are referring to the black and white version I have not yet seen. I saw a picture of Douglass Montgomery, though, and he is creepy and old and not good for Laurie. Apparently every version of Little Women (except my personal favorite, with Winona Ryder and Christian Bale) epically failed in the Laurie department.

        Agh!!! I know, right?? I have like three million awesome posts in draft and never get around to writing them…

        Agh!!! I need to watch it!! It’s just that I always watch movies with my brothers and they hate musicals??? And old movies??? And Fiddler On The Roof???

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      6. Exactly! Although Christian Bale’s mouth never seemed quite right, but I guess I’m being overly picky. I absolutely adore that Little Women adaptation, though!! Winona Ryder was an amazing Jo.

        Ditto! (Although I just have lists of posts I intend to right, without even an incomplete draft.) *sighs*

        They sound exactly like my brother! 😛 I really recommend it, though!! Maybe you’ll be able to convince them somehow??


      7. XD I know… but it just seemed off.

        Right?? And Prof. Bhaer, Beth, and the rest of the characters were really well cast, too!

        Good luck! 😛


      8. Aww. Other than Laurie’s mouth, I thought that Mr. Brooke shouldn’t have been red-headed, and that Beth and Amy weren’t very developed throughout the movie. (But if one has read the book already, one can fill them in more, and it isn’t an issue.)

        I just re-watched it recently, and THE MUSIC OH MY GOODNESS. I LOVE IT.


      9. I agree! Mr. Brooke was just, ugh, such a sad failure. 😦 They could have made him such an awesome character, too! Dark haired and tall and serious and sad and lonely… gah! Why did they have to ruin him by making him have RED HAIR??? Whyyyyy? AND he was awkward and prim and stuffy! Who would marry a guy like that? It’s ridiculous. And you’re right. Beth wasn’t that well-developed. That was why I wasn’t as sad as I should have been when she died. I’m sad that I wasn’t sad, not that she’s dead. I like little Amy, but older Amy is so boring! Ugh!

        Apparently I don’t notice music in movies? My brother does, though, and he likes it a lot, too! 🙂


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