on my birthday, i received from my son joseph (facebook friend 61) a somewhat mystifying series of packages. two maps, one of the world and another of the united states. and a package of pushpins. the accompanying note made the usual references to candles, wishes, years, many more, etc. and then “you know what to do with this”. . . which i thought i did. i unrolled both maps, took out the datebooks from 2011 and from this year.
sometimes people who are solitary, shy, housebound for whatever reason can use facebook and other social networking sites to keep in touch with their friends and family. in my case, i used facebook as a substitute for being with my friends and family.
i finished with the pushpins and asked joseph what he meant. he said “you need to write a book about this and you need to do it now.” i said yes, i will. i’d like to. he said, “no, mom, i am serious. you need to get started.” i said yes, i will. he said, “i mean it, stop traveling for a bit and write this.” i said i’m worried about whether i can find a publisher. he said “you need to just stop thinking and worrying and just do it.” i asked where did you learn to nag like this? and he said “from you, of course.”
the best way to make a resolution to do something is to tell your friends and family and ask them to make you accountable. whether it’s losing weight, stopping the love affair with the nicotine sticks or the bottle, or meeting every facebook friend. so i am asking you–will you help make me accountable?