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We just returned from a 4-day trip to northern Michigan. I'm trying to feel like we didn't drag my two teenagers away from their friends (the hotel did have WiFi!), but no one complained when we decided to head home today. <sigh>
Since there was a great base of snow (unlike here in Illinois where the snow is seriously lacking!), the girls tried snowboarding for the first time. It was tricky for both, but they even attempted a run down the main hill. Another day I joined the girls for an hour of tubing. I loved being towed up the hill (scenic and relaxing) then whoooshing down the hill at breakneck speeds. The trip gave us the taste of winter that we craved.
At our New Year's Eve dinner, I brought up One Little Word. The Two Writing Teachers encourage people to choose one word instead of lengthy resolutions (read more here: OLW blog archive). For the past two years, I've chosen finish and listen. My kids and husband are familiar with the idea, but they were surprised that I asked them to think about what their little word would be.
My 14yo daughter immediately called out her word, "Single!" and started laughing. She's a cute freshman girl who thinks everyone should have a boy following you around, carrying your books. She's had quite the following since school started, and she recently decided that boys are better as friends (yes!).
Both girls exclaimed ideas for my husband. He's spent nearly 200 days on the road this year, and stress has given him a few health issues and a short temper. Ideas for dad included healthy, unstressed, fresh, hunt. (can you tell they want him to find a new job?) He made a knowing face and said he needed time to think.
My 16yo daughter chimed in with a word for herself: survive. "Survive what?" I asked.
"Junior year, trigonometry, the ACT, college talk," she replied. We thought about it for a second.
"Survive means you're barely making it. What about thrive instead?" I suggested.
Thrive (from Merriam-Webster.com)
1 : to grow vigorously : flourish
: to gain in wealth or possessions : prosper
: to progress toward or realize a goal despite or because of circumstances
I like it! I'm thinking that thrive could be our family's OLW. We don't need to worry about definition #2 (we have enough stuff) but I really like definition #3.
I'm hoping that each of us thrives in our work, academics and social lives. I reminded both of my daughters that I expect them to thrive during finals week and that they are to absolutely ask if they need any kind of help in order to be successful. My husband likes to remind them, "High school is for working really hard in your classes and having fun while you're doing it."
Here's hoping you thrive at whatever goal you choose to reach in 2013.
Happy New Year!