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Last week, I wrote about my son at age 10, the beginning of the double digits. This week, I begin the New Year with a story about my daughter when she was 10 years old. As recorded in a letter to my parents, here is what she wrote on her marker board on January 2, 1991:

 Things to be done in the year 1991:
1. Be more polite.
2. Be graceful.
3. Take problems in your hands right away.
4. Save money.
5. Do not eat so many sweets.
6. Don’t be shy.

I was impressed then smiled when I saw “Wipe off as needed by Jan. 15, 1991” written off to the side.

Thinking about Jessica’s resolutions and with a hat tip to good writers and conversationalists, I came up with my list for 2012:

  1. Finish the book.
  2. Develop entertaining topics.
  3. Leave boring laundry lists at home where they belong.
  4. Listen to difficult people without crossing arms over chest.
  5. Stretch every day.
  6. Lose 5 pounds and keep them off.

Reassess on December 31, 2012.

What resolutions are on your marker board this year?

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