Goodbye 2013. I have never been one to make New Year's resolutions and ended 2012 with a post about things I wouldn't do in the new year.
Mission accomplished. Looking back, 2013 was a good year filled with health and happiness for me and my family.
Among the highlights:
- We managed to take a wonderful cross country vacation free of food poisoning, mysterious rashes or eye infections.
- I managed a number of fun experiences with my kids getting out and about in Chicagoland.
- I found new ways to connect with my teenagers in the world of Instagram, texting and Facebook.
- I took time to enjoy good times with old friends. I am fortunate to remain close with a number of my grade school friends, prompting me often to look at my own children, their running buddies and wonder if they will also develop life long friendships.
- I managed to take care of myself with plenty of exercise, reading and writing. Happy Dad makes for happy husband and father.
As for 2014? Instead of resolutions I have a few "wishes:"
- A wish for an end to conflict both here and abroad.
- A wish for an end to the senseless violence that plagues our communities.
- A wish for every child to have someone believe in them and their dreams.
So let's turn the page. As I remind my teenagers every day is a gift; an opportunity to do things differently than the day before. Happy New Year to you and yours.
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