We have a calendar, in our kitchen, tacked to the cork-board. It records special dates, travel schedules, reminders, etc. A new year, of course, demands a new calendar and the timing is perfect. The old year, and its calendar, are scrawled upon, dirty, and falling apart; good riddance, to both.
The new year, like the new calendar, is a fresh-off-the-press blank slate; glistening with optimism and opportunity. With a sense of rebirth, the unblemished, pristine calendar gets pinned to the cork-board. There is no past, so the old calendar goes in the blue bin and last year, if it happened, is dismissed as practise.
This year will be better. Next year, I’ll be perfect.
As the new calendar is put up, it’s traditional to make resolutions, which I do. I don’t know why; I don’t stick to them. By making resolutions, however, I acknowledge a need, which is a start, and that is good enough. I should resolve to stop being so generous with myself, but that’s a tall order, so I, usually, resolve to stay the way God made me.
Last year, I started intermittent fasting and resolve to stick to it, this year. It would be embarrassing to quit, because it’s all I talk about. I hope I’m still at it, next year.
Having a garden, even a small one, is a joy. Last year, we had a good crop of tomatoes and peppers. The habeneroes were, insanely, hot. I hope to expand our garden, this year. I want to try growing corn. There’s something majestic about tall, impossibly reedy, perfectly erect corn stalks. Like everything, it is important for a garden to have an appeasing, soothing aesthetic quality. Food tastes better, when the garden is pretty.
Beauty reigns, last year, this year, next year… forever.
Last year, rather than green bins and brown bags, at the curb, I turned all leaves into the garden soil, which will help, this year.
Last year, I turned 54. For a long time, I was sold on the premise of “Freedom 55;” the age at which I could retire and enjoy financial security, until death. Perhaps, I could start enjoying Freedom 55, this year, if I liquidated, disowned my children, and moved into a fridge box, under a bridge.
Sometimes, that sounds worse than working, so I resolve not to quit, this year.
Last year, in September, like every other year, I shaved my head on Terry Fox Day, to honour the great man. I’m growing my hair and beard for a full year and will have a special friend shave it all off at the Terry Fox event, this year. It’s months away, but I already look forward to being rid of the motley mess. No beard, next year.
My favourite sporting event is The World Juniour Hockey Tournament. It’s great because it runs annually, starting Boxing Day, and it spans from last year into this one. Canada always has a great team, the players get better, and the competition steeper, every year. It’s remarkable how skilled and athletic young people are.
Canada lost to an excellent Finnish team, in the quarter final, and were eliminated, early, this year. The Canadians played hard and deserved a better fate. Better luck, next year.
Unfortunately, the Canadian team and its captain, especially, were subjected to sickening abuse on anti-social media. I’d wager this year’s wages and next’s, none of the tweeters would insult Max Comtois, who is 6’ 2”, 210, and has a black belt in Karate, to his face.
The coach of Switzerland, Christian Wohlwend, is the most delightful person in sports, by light years. Last year, he was raving his club had no chance, against Canada. This year, he told his team and the world, “When you give, give give love, you always get it back. That’s a fact.”
Toward the end of last year, Sarah Thomson, the editor and publisher of The Women’s Post, asked me to write an article per week, which I have resolved to do. It won’t be easy. In a hockey vernacular, I’m a grinder.
Think, write, edit, think, write, edit, write, think, edit…
Every word, mark, and symbol is vetted, sweated, and fretted
It is to hard work that a writer is indebted
Talent, I’d say, gets far too much credit
The only way to get better at anything is practise. I’ve always had great respect for newspaper and magazine writers, who write, well, often; Rex Murphy, for example. Thanks to the external pressure, I’ve resolved to write every day, this year. This time, next year, I hope to have 52 articles and a children’s musical comedy under my belt, on the Internet, in the cloud, out in the world…
Our youngest wants to travel, get out in the world, this year. Yikes. There were sad stories of young women travelling, at the end of last year, but I try not to think about that.
I read, a lot, but it is mostly the Internet. I resolve to read more books; real books, this year. I resolve to consume less garbage, disguised and sold as food, fashion, entertainment, and news.
Another year has roared and died
And my soft spots are more amplified
2019 is, of course, right here
So, it’s time for Resolutions
And their promise of solutions
While bringing in the year
I resolve my resolutions won’t be, again, insincere
I resolve things will be different this year
I resolve to drop a pound or ten
I’ve resolved this before and will, likely, again
I resolve to eat better and exercise
I resolve to order salad instead of fries…
I take that back
I resolve to tell fewer outrageous lies
I resolve to cut back on drinking…
I take that back, too
What was I thinking?
I would resolve to be a better husband, but I don’t think I can
She’s a lucky lady and, as Homer Simpson said, “I’m a wonderful man”
I had resolved to be a better dad, but now I needn’t bother
Rather, I bought the t-shirt: World’s Greatest Father
I resolve to spend more time of the couch, with flicker in my hand
Flicking through the channels
The world at my command
With God as my witness
I resolve to put The Trumps out of business
I resolve to make America great
I resolve to titillate
I resolve to slay the beast and bring peace to the middle east
I resolve I’ll lower gasoline prices
I resolve to fix the migrant crisis
I resolve I’ll slow Canada’s traffic:
Highways and death traps, where carnage is graphic
I resolve to win the lottery
Financial freedom sounds good to me
Especially, when it comes so easily
I resolve I will no longer dream
Instead, I resolve to plot, hatch, fantasize, and scheme
I resolve to be short and sweet
I resolve to be fast and neat
I resolve to be discrete
That is a long list of resolutions and I can’t disavow
There’s much, much more to resolve, somehow
Yet, I’ve resolved to write The End soon
It’s another problem I’ll solve
The End. Happy 2019.