The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa


January 3, 2014

LEVINE: Looking forward to '14

With the new year upon us, many people are busy making their lists for what they will do differently in the next year.

I have some bad news for them.

Only 8 percent of those people will actually achieve those goals. That’s according to a study released about people who made resolutions about 2013.

But a new year is a good time to reflect on what we can do better. Whether it’s to eat better or be more productive at a job, making resolutions can be a good thing, as long as they’re attainable. So I figured I would scratch out a list of what I plan to do to make sure 2014 is as eventful as 2013.

No more being a prince: It’s not that I don’t enjoy being the prince to my daughter’s princess-of-the-moment character, but I’ve been at this gig for three years. It’s time I step up and get what I deserve — I should be king.

It’s (almost) every girl’s dream to be a princess. But when I was growing up, I didn’t know too many boys that wanted to be a prince. We wanted more. We wanted to be king.

When we raced up the largest snowbank on the playground, it wasn’t called Prince of the Mountain. It was called King of the Mountain.

Sure, being a king in the mind of my daughter’s role-playing adventure won’t be as treacherous as fighting off a bunch of grade-school children in sub-zero temperatures, but it will take plenty of work to keep up with my royal duties.

We may have to adjust some of the names of our characters. Instead of Prince Charming finding the glass slipper and then marrying Cinderella (which happens about a dozen times a day at my house), we may have to tweak the story a bit and say the king was looking for a new woman after the queen ran off with the king of Far, Far, Away.

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