Who Says January is Boring? Seven Significant Events

January is a catalystic month. You know, goal-filled, resolution saturated, and exceedingly hopeful. Basically new. 

So far, there has been a lot of new in 2013.

A couple of new records for goofy winter weather. New compromises from political parties. New developments of gun control debates and laws. New implications for women in India and for women in our military.

A new year of doing the senior shuffle with my parents and sons.

A new semester for the boys with a new AP class on American Government. A new hairstyle for me. (didn’t like it)

New, new, and more new!

Almost every day after high school, Chris has asked me if anything “significant” happened while he was gone. I have often said, “no” because my life is fairly predictable–shuffling family from here to there, basic household CEO stuff.

However, looking back on January, several noteworthy events did leave their mark. Here they are…

Seven Significant Events of January, 2013

  1. The oath of the President of the United States to uphold the Constitution, plus the oath of my foster son to support and defend the Constitution. Chris enlisted in the Illinois National Guard on January 31. He begins a 6-year contract of service and plans to take pre-engineering college coursework after boot camp this summer.
  2. The 18th birthday of Chris; plus the 18th birthday eve of my firstborn, Austin. (I experienced celebrationitis.)
  3. A good phone call from the Department of Veteran Affairs about my father’s pension…after a 14-month wait.
  4. My father’s WWII bomber presentation at the Veteran’s Round Table to 35 veterans in Mount Prospect. 
  5. The record-breaking, devastating Chicago homicide rate, plus a break-in at my parents retirement home in Palatine.
  6. Austin’s first business internship interview. He wore a brand new suit–yet another first.
  7. Chris and my youngest son, Trevor, made dinner all by themselves: chicken and vegetable stir-fry with Thai curry sauce and rice.



What new events will February bring?

I can hardly wait!




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    I’m a freelance writer married to thrill-seeking husband, Jim, and mom to fantastic teenage sons: Austin, (18) Trevor, (16) and volunteer foster son, Chris (18). I am also a proud caregiver for my parents, Bob, a WWII Army Air Corps veteran, 87, and Jean, his wife, 85. In between the shuttling and the shuffling of senior boys and senior parents, you can find me sitting still, enjoying a cup of steaming hot tea while pondering the next thing to do.

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