We decided to ring in the New Year in his house surrounded by friends.
I found Mom on the porch crying after dinner.
"He would've wanted it this way." she said,
"A house full of friends. He was such a social person, you know."
I looked up at the stars standing beside her.
Laughter poured out of the house.
It's been just over four months since he passed.
We were both grateful for the year to be over.