RICHARDSON: How time flies

December 27, 2013 

I woke up early Christmas morning, not because I wanted to rush into the living room to open presents, but because I had a Honey-Do list that was mostly self-imposed. I had cooked a pot of collard greens to take to the Heritage at Houston’s Christmas dinner. My first order of business was to cook another pot of greens for our family dinner.

Dinnertime had been set, so I had to make sure my list corresponded with everybody else’s timing and the turkey I intended to fry would be ready on time.

I decided to get in the mood by putting pictures from the year past on the TV with Christmas music in the background. I thought the pictures would be just a momentary distraction, but as the scenes flashed by I marveled at what we had done in 2013. You’ve probably heard or said, “Boy this year flew by.” As I sat there, it didn’t seem to fly by as fast. I don’t do what many people do and send out an end-of-year letter. I appreciate it when I receive one. It helps me catch up on significant events in their lives.

One of the reasons we think time flies so fast is that we’re not really paying attention. We all work and have busy lives, and sometimes we lose track of the people we care most about. We forget that someone graduated, got married or had a baby. We miss little life moments. End-of-year letters work better than Facebook. And there’s still something special about getting something in the mail besides a bill.

My trek through 2013 started with a trip to Washington, D.C., for President Barack Obama’s second inauguration. My grandson and Jonathan were in tow. Neither of them had seen so many people in one place. Lil Paul has shown so much growth, physically and intellectually, in the span of 12 months. My in-laws were living with us during the first quarter of 2013. I’m still trying to comprehend their move from northern Virginia to Macon. I pray I’m that flexible when I hit my 80s. They’re still moving around and traveling like spry teenagers.

During the summer we traveled to St. Thomas; Shreveport, La.; Kiblah, Ark.; and a few places in between. Grandkids got a chance to see where they came from and realize a peace that can only be achieved when everyone around you is a cousin.

The fall of the year was a lot of work as the election for a new consolidated government got into full swing, and it’s not over yet. One race won’t be decided until Jan. 14. This past year’s elections have to go down in the record book as the longest in Bibb County history -- moving from a July date all the way to January.

I can only wish each member of the new, nine-member commission the best of luck. Along with Mayor Robert Reichert, they have a lot on their plates. Merging the two governments is a process that will take a while. We should cut them a little slack as they get used to this new government entity.

I have a few things on my 2014 wish list:

• A new superintendent for Bibb County schools who will continue uplifting this community through education, and who is both a people person and an education visionary.

• A runway extension at the Middle Georgia Regional Airport. Larger planes that are flown in to the midstate for maintenance mean jobs -- good paying jobs.

• Success for One Macon. If the effort accomplishes its strategies to affect schools, jobs and places, we should see some movement toward outlined goals.

• Seeing some promise in the Promise Neighborhood. After a 2013 filled with controversy, the efforts to impact the lives of the people in the Promise Neighborhood area will get into full swing in 2014.

• Continued success for Stone Academy, Motivating Youth and Streets To Success and all the other efforts to enrich the lives of children in this community.

This is my short list. A longer list will be revealed soon.

Charles E. Richardson is The Telegraph’s editorial page editor. He can be reached at 478-744-4342 or via email at crichardson@macon.com. Tweet @crichard1020.

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