A new year starting today

Good morning on the first day of 2018. I hope some of you are awake enough and curious enough to read my words of wisdom for another year. Anyway, if you can open your eyes, Happy New Year! from Family Recovery Center Director Eloise Traina, and from FRC employees.

Given the fact that I have written this article for the last twenty-plus years, I am not sure where all the time has gone! I usually start with some commentary about our sport teams. I can recall that 2016 the Cleveland Indians lost the World Series in seven games; and in 2017, the Indians didn’t even make it to the World Series after posting the best win and loss record in the American League.

Are you old enough to remember when the Cleveland Browns had a football team? That was in the 1940s and 1950s? It was a great time growing up with the great coach Paul Brown and all of the Hall of Fame players. By the way, all the Browns and Indians games were only radio until mid-1960. And now, since 1946 (the Browns first year), I am ready to say that I am through with the NFL.

Today we have six grandchildren, and they all know when to change their team affiliation shirts before coming to visit Grandpa T. My wife and I wonder where or what we did wrong to have most of our immediate family, with the exception of our daughter, supporters of that team in a nearby state.

Where has all the time gone? I remember writing about the excitement of our first grandchild’s anticipated birth, and now he is trying to decide which college or university to attend. And, his father has been quoted as saying: “I hope he isn’t trying to bankrupt us!”

2017 was year of firsts: I drove myself to the emergency room after shopping at Giant Eagle when two days later I needed a triple bypass; my son celebrated a successful first year in his own business; our son-in-law was promoted to superintendent of the Jefferson County Board of Developmental Disabilities; and all six grandchildren are involved in multiple sports.

The FRC Director is busy traveling from the Lisbon office to the Steubenville facility several times a week. And there are those people I meet regularly on my shopping trips who ask me if she is still working. My reply is “yes.” Longer hours and more days per week than I can count.

Thanks to the director for letting me write a few words this day and send you both the staff of FRC as well as my greeting for a very happy, healthy and prosperous New Year. Wishing you the very best in 2018.

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