Tuesday, December 18, 2012


In our lifetime, there are many "firsts".  First steps, first tooth, first Christmas, first day of school, you know what I mean.  As we age, those "firsts" become less common, but no less memorable. 

I was a part of a "first" for a young couple a few weeks ago.  I was hosting an open house and greeting guests as they entered.  The young couple walked in the door and announced that this was their first open house...ever!  I was delighted!  If I'd had balloons, I'd have launched them and sprinkled them with confetti!

Of course, an inaugural open house isn't perhaps as exciting as a 6-year-olds first visit from the tooth fairy, but for a young couple out searching for a new home it might be close.  The anticipation, excitement and joy that accompanies that experience is hard to imagine if you haven't experienced it, and hard to remember if it's been a while since you have had a "first" in your life.

The young couple wandered through the house, picked up the necessary material and went on their way.  I hope their maiden voyage into the house hunting arena was positive.  For me, it was a life lesson to remember the special feeling of a "first".  Here's to more "firsts" in the new year!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Lucky Day!

Twelve days of Christmas.  Twelve months in a year.  Twelve citizens sit on a jury.  And 12 is the number worn by Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rogers.  It could be said that 12 is a lucky number.

According to an article in the New York Daily News, some people are betting on it!  Lottery tickets are being purchased at a fast and furious pace and weddings will be taking place on 12/12/12.  Why not?  We won't see another triple digit date for another 100 years!

This isn't the first time it's happened.  If you recall, just last year was the year of the "1's".  We had significant dates such as 1/1/11, and 11/11/11.   Those days were also heralded as people were sure the unusual numerical sequence was going to bring something noteworthy.  It probably did for some!

I don't have anything extraordinary planned for the day, although I may sneak in a few "twelves".  Maybe I'll do 12 reps in my workout, or call 12 friends just to say hello.  What's your plan for 12/12/12?  Getting married?  Flying to Vegas?  Whatever you do, make it special!