January 03

My Wish for You for 2015

At present our family consists of 4 people: my husband Bill, our 13-year-old daughter Sophie and a 16-year-old foreign exchange student from Indonesia named Naya. When I woke up on New Year’s Day it occurred to me that sometimes it’s easier to write sentiments than it is to say them. In addition, it is always a good idea to express your hopes for those you love.

So in my bathrobe while Bill made waffles I grabbed four colors of post-it notes and four Sharpies. I put one name on each color of post-it and lined them up on the refrigerator door. Then I gave each person the post-it note pad in the color I had associated with their name. I gave simple instructions, “Write on your post-its your hopes for each of us in 2015 and post them under that person’s name.” The hopes ranged from touching, “better health,” to silly when we wished that Naya would “enjoy” her first Chicago winter. I wish for Bill that the retirement of a beloved colleague at his university might result in new energy and possibilities his department. It was a simple idea. The result was touching, occasionally funny and highly memorable. A new New Year’s tradition is born.