There used to be a bakery across the street from my office that offered a rotating savory menu in addition to a case full of sweets. Kyle and I went over at noontime one day and got in line behind a seven-year-old boy and his grandfather.
Grandpa: Get whatever you want for lunch, bud.
And so that kid got a piece of chocolate cake the size of his head, and he, and his grandfather, and Kyle, and I were all happy.
Tomorrow is the start of 2021. I love New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day for the same reason that I love birthdays and cake-for-lunch days and our annual trip with my parents to the Renaissance Faire: because they are special.
Earlier this month, after a particularly wild day of working and distance learning and holding barrels full of monkeys over our heads while treading weedy water, Kyle and I flopped on the couch to discuss what to have for dinner. He suggested pizza.
“We had pizza on Tuesday,” I said.
“Did we?” He asked. “Sorry, everything has just blurred together lately.”
I’ve been thinking a lot about that since he said it. Because, while Kyle and I are very fortunate to have a lot of special days every year, we spend our normal day-to-days just pushing through so that we can go to bed and repeat it all over again. Meaning we’re just wasting a whole bunch of perfectly good days doing regular things when we could have been eating cake for lunch.
And so today, New Year’s Eve – a special day that we use waiting for it to end – I’ve decided that in 2021 to add a whole bunch of new days to the Kosior Family Calendar; special (albeit easy/low-pressure) days that will give us something to look forward to and to remember as we plan for the next one – like:
- Build a Sweet Fort Day.
- Try Something New Day.
- Sleep on Fresh, Clean Sheets Day. (I feel compelled to note that we do, in fact, change our sheets regularly now)
- Take a Nap Day.
- Run Down a Hill Day.
- Say “I Think You Are Awesome” to Someone Day.
- Eat Whatever You Want for Lunch Day. (Of course.)
- Do Something Weird Day.
- Make a List of Days Day.
If you have any ideas for me to add to our special days, please send them on.
I was going to post a horizon picture today because North Dakota sunsets are always special, but instead I picked a photo of S’mores Day during a daylong skate on Kyle’s rink.
Speaking of special things, this week’s news is about a teenage gymnast, a soccer coach, and some lost-and-found Christmas presents. I wish you a million good things in 2021 – Happy New Year!
This is a story every parent wants to hear: a Watford City teenager was worried his friends would tease him for liking gymnastics, so the community sent him hundreds of encouraging messages, and the local gymnastics club reached out to get him back into training. (KX Net)
The Seaks Family of Dickinson has been celebrating their own “25 Days of Giving” for nearly a decade, and this year 10 other families joined them to prepare 30 Christmas meals. (Dickinson Press)
Tommy Nienhaus, Jamestown’s winningest head men’s soccer coach, received an enthusiastic homecoming after recovering from COVID-19. (Jamestown Sun)
Buxton’s Craig and Carla Swanson have put out a shining display of 75 lit Christmas decorations for passersby to enjoy. (Grand Forks Herald)
Fargo’s Jim Puppe has published a book entitled “Dakota Attitude,” in which he tells the story of residents with “human spirit, optimism, good morals, values, and integrity” in every town in North Dakota. (MSN)
Des Lacs’ Madison Sundsbak was “regifted” her family’s Christmas presents after losing them somewhere on I-29. (Valley News Live)
Little voices were heard across the country thanks to Bowman County School District’s virtual winter concert. (Bowman Extra)