“MY TWO CENTS” BY CHRIS FAULKNOR
I have a New Year’s resolution this year.
Her name is Isabella.
My girlfriend, you see, has a child who just turned four, and I’m still learning.
I’m still learning how to put a small child to bed at night, and remembering to leave a light on because she’s afraid of the dark.
I’m still learning how to tuck her in, and how to calm her down because her toy breaking, as it turns out, is truly the end of the world.
I never really wanted kids that badly until I met this little one.
And yet, this little girl is smart, sweet, and gets this incredible twinkle in her eye when she knows she’s gotten your attention.
And she’s observant, picking up on my every move.
That’s how she became my resolution for this year, because I’m learning how to help her through life.
I’m learning to be the best example I can be for this little one, because she deserves it.
But what else can I resolve to do?
I can resolve to get more exercise.
After all, when a huge part of your daily work involves a desk and a phone, you don’t exactly get a six pack, and my arms look more like swizzle straws than pipes.
I could resolve to procrastinate less.
I do have a bad habit of putting things off until the last minute.
Come to think of it, my 5,000-mile oil change shouldn’t be done at the 6,200-mile mark, should it?
I’ll add those to the list, but what can we all do as a community?
I have a couple of suggestions if you’re still thinking about it.
1. Get involved with a non-profit organization.
They do, after all, put so much into the community.
I’ll resist the urge to name the ones I belong to, because they’re all wonderful.
They match up with different people who have varying interests and time slots available, but look around and find yourself one.
You might just find a group of people you relate to (not to mention a fun breakfast, lunch, dinner, or libation on a regular basis).
2. Read up on what’s going on.
Yeah, you could call it a commercial, but to be fair, I’m kind of preaching to the choir.
After all, if you’re reading this column, I probably don’t have to tell you about the value of a community newspaper, because you’re reading one.
But, hey, if you bought this paper for the crossword puzzle and happened to stumble on my column, keep reading, because there’s a load of stuff inside, all valuable and useful for your daily life.
I might also add that we have an awesome website that’s updated on a daily basis, and you might want to make that a part of your daily routine (perhaps between your morning coffee and your trip to work?)
3. Smile more.
I know, it’s a basic thing, but it makes the community a better place.
It makes life easier when you can see a smiling face.
And with that, I wish you all a happy new year.
I hope your 2015 was wonderful, and I hope your 2016 is even better.
I know we’ll be continuing to make our news product better and better for all of you out there.
I’m proud of all 2015 has brought from The Boyne City Gazette—thank you for providing a wonderful community to live, work, and play in.