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Better late than never

January 13, 2009

I’m always looking forward to Christmas, when our big family gets together to close out each year with a bang. For two weeks, we locals welcome various globetrotting siblings, in-laws, aunts, uncles, cousins and other distinguished guests to our semiannual crowding of my mother’s house. Although some of the fam stays to ring in the new year, when we say our goodbyes I feel as though we’re still finishing one year rather than beginning the next.

This is how it came to pass that I got so busy waving to 2008 that I didn’t get around to greeting 2009 until last weekend, when my BFF came in from Chicago to spend a couple of fun, laughter-filled days talking, shopping, eating, relaxing and playing with Jack. On Sunday morning, before she left, we finally ushered in the new year with resolutions: 10 each, carefully selected, discussed, worded and ranked.  Our lists vary only by a couple of entries, and we committed to them jointly for encouragement and accountability  – not that we have any successful precedent in that department; we’ve probably been partners in procrastinating and excuses a little too often. For her, this will be the year of magical thinking (many, many thanks, Joan Didion. If you’re not familiar with this particular inspiration, I highly recommend it); for me, the year of magical doing. I believe this time that we will hold each other to it. (If not, the printed and framed reminders that we’ll both be displaying will probably help.)

Good luck to you with yours, if you’ve got them, and cheers to 2009!



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