Two groups of regulars meet in our coffee shop, Deputy Donut, weekday mornings. The retired men sit at one table and the Knitpickers sit at another. Their tables are close together, but I can't imagine them ever agreeing to sit together. Instead, they tease one another across the aisle.
January weather doesn't keep them away. On January second, I poured Curly's second cup of coffee and offered him another donut.
He patted his stomach. "I can't. New Year's Resolution."
He said same thing on January third.
I was a cop, a detective, and eventually the police chief here in Fallingbrook, Wisconsin. I know how resolutions, good intentions, and promises go, as in: "I'll never speed again, officer."
And now I own a donut and coffee shop with my late son's widow, Emily. I've seen how long people keep their dieting resolutions.
Emily thought that Curly's resolution might last a week or two. I said he'd be eating second donuts by January sixth.
Curly kept his resolution until January eighth.
You probably won't be surprised to hear that I don't make resolutions.
But sometimes, I hear about people who are so wonderful that I want to be more like them, like the folks of Seal Beach, California. When one of the owners of Donut City became seriously ill, they banded together and bought the shop's entire output every morning to keep the shop from suffering financially and to allow the sick woman's husband to spend more time with her. You can read about it here.
I would never expect our community to do the same for us, but I know that they would. And I'm keeping the idea in the back of my mind, not to do the same thing, exactly, but to help wherever and whenever I can. And no, that's not a resolution.
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