Here’s a little thought that’s been bouncing around my weary, post-holiday brain:
How can the same universe that spawned a shapeless sloth-sack known as the “Forever Lazy” be so intent on making sure we spend our late Decembers focused on self-improvement, resolving to be slimmer, fitter, kinder, smarter, smoke-free specimens of human perfection?
I mean, you could have just received a Forever Lazy for Christmas from some friend or family member who loves you and knows how much you love to be lazy. (I didn’t, but I’m not complaining, as I still use and cherish last year’s Snuggie.)
You could have just finished washing the holiday dishes or vacuumed the needles under your dying Christmas tree. Perhaps you finally figured out how to operate the Forever Lazy’s drop-seat feature – “zippered hatches in front and back for great escapes when duty calls!” – and were just about to lie down, grab the remote and, you know, GET LAZY!
And what happens? New Year’s resolutions.
Talk about a kick in the drop-seat.
I have no problem with New Year’s resolutions in general. I’ve made plenty over the years. I’ve sat down with my husband and kids and talked about changes we’d like to make before hanging the new calendar on the kitchen wall. We’ve pledged to walk more, learn more, cook more, clean more, save more, see more, do more.
This year, I’m thinking less is more.
Maybe it’s the Snuggie talking, but I’m tired of exhausting promises. With a husband, a house, two kids, two dogs and a full-time job, my to-do list overflows. As another year approaches, it makes more sense to pull in the reins than to ready the whip.
I’m not saying families should shun exercise or other admirable goals, such as planting a garden or volunteering together. Life is about balance. But if, like me, you yearn to slow down and enjoy the ride, here are a few legitimate resolutions you and your family could make – and keep – without leaving the couch:
Experts recommend that children 1 to 3 years old get 12 to 14 hours of sleep a day (including naps); children 3 to 6, 10 1/2 to 12 hours; kids 7 to 12, 10 to 11 hours; and teens, 8 1/2 to 9 1/2 hours a day. Adults? I don’t have any hard data, but it can’t hurt to get as much sleep as you can muster.Embrace boredom.