Saturday, January 06, 2007

New Year's Resolutions of Yesteryear

by Cathy Anderson Moffat

How many of us make New Year's resolutions? I do, but it doesn't involve soul searching or tons of concentration. I just slap something down and look at it periodically during the year, thinking lots of luck with that one or geez, that actually happened.

I've had two long term items on the list (in the over a decade category). The first has reappeared year after year for about the past twelve years: get an agent, get published, sell books and live happily ever after (I know. Let me keep my fantasies.).

That item won't budge, so I'm doing something wrong or not enough of the right stuff. I keep plugging away, gathering pearls of wisdom where they lie. Being a part of our Sisters has been inspirational. That item's back on the list for 2007. There may be hope because the second item finally came through.

I'm divorced and single for twenty years, and for at least fifteen of those I've resolved to meet/find/rope and hogtie a man suitable for a long-term relationship. Mr. Right was nowhere in sight.

Until right before Christmas three years ago when two of my friends died suddenly and there was no one there to comfort me. With elderly pets and parents, I realized I didn't want to face the hard stuff alone.

So I dove into online dating, something I said I'd never do. And on November 8, 2004, Alan Corn and I met in the corner booth of Eat 'N Park of Robinson Township. Oh, the wonders of The wedding's February 8, 2007.

So you see, even those long term resolutions have a chance of coming true. Hang on to those dreams and just figure they'll appear when the time is right.


Tory said...

Congratulations, Cathy! I knew you'd found your soulmate but didn't realize that the wedding had been scheduled.

My ten-year resolution is to work on my compulsive eating issues. I'm hoping this is the year all that work manifests!

merylneiman said...

Congratulations Cathy! You should definitely have smiley cookies at the wedding!

Gina said...

Congratulations from me, too! Heinz History Center had an exhibit a few years ago on Eat n Park that mentioned many couples who had met there. Does this mean we singles should say goodbye to the bar scene and pony up to some strawberry pie?

Anonymous said...

Cathy, I am so happy for you. You and Alan are a terrific couple!

And the other stuff will come, too. Just keep the faith.

Kristine said...

Congratulations, Cathy! May you and Alan have a long, happy life together.

Cathy said...

Thank you all for your good wishes. The Sisters are the greatest. And yes, we must smuggle some Smiley cookies into the luggage.

It's coming, Tory. And thanks for the encouragement, Annette.

kathie said...

Oh, my gosh, what a great story! I agree, keeping those long term goals on the list is important even when it just seems silly. Congratulations and best wishes for all that's to come for you!

The Lucky Stiff said...

I'm just so happy that you kept the resolution on the list.

Nancy said...

This is so cool! Cathy, I will never walk into an Eat n Park again without thinking of you!

The online dating thing has really become mainstream, hasn't it? Ten years ago, we'd have made jokes. But my daughter has met her boyfriend via an online service, too, and it's looking mighty serious.

Congrats, Cathy!