Being the middle of January 2013 I think it is about time we got to that 2012 year in review that we’ve been promising for near a month now. Maybe struggling to get this written is a great metaphor for what appears to be the pace of our lives right now; over busy. Maybe we could use a little Einstein waiting at the bus stop for a pretty girl like relativity to slow things down for us right now. Since that is not going to happen we might as well enjoy things as they come to us. With a beautiful bride in my life and a handsome and perfect three year old son to make our family complete we have much joy to appreciate. We are a lucky family indeed.
Here are some of the joys, tears, adventures and observations from the year just past.
2013 was filled with many random and planned events including almost nightly summer bicycle rides with Jr often to the park, ice cream and hot dog dates, Jr learning to enunciate AND go to the potty!!!!!, painting pictures with Jr, hanging pictures created by Jr and turning our kitchen fridge into a giant painted chalkboard with Jr. He and I also survived many weeks on our own while Mrs. Daddio travelled for work. I became a National Academy of Sports Medicine Fitness Nutrition Specialist, ran 1780 miles, edited a newsletter served on the Michigan chapter of Team in Training’s Alumni Council, planned a golf tournament, cancelled a golf tournament, survived the end of Jr’s first and the start of his second school years, learned about 10 new words in Espanola, enjoyed an overnight indoor water park experience with Mrs. Daddio and Jr that included a short stay in the tornado shelter and a night time fire alarm that forced evacuation of the facilities and many other accomplishments and escapades.
The highlights of which by month;
- January; The first highlight of the year for me was escorting the Michigan Team in Training team to Walt Disney World in Florida to coach at the marathon and half marathon weekend. Along with witnessing the many accomplishments of wonderful people from around the country while putting in 46 miles for the weekend on my own I crossed the finish line with 75 year old Lois from Miami who was celebrating the 10 year anniversary of her first marathon by doing a 2nd. I was finishing up the race with another couple of ladies when we came upon Lois struggling. This was still a number of miles from the finish and she begged and made me promise not to leave her. I didn’t and she finished in a pretty inspiring moment all around. Later in January my bride and I celebrated our 4th wedding anniversary. Our tradition is to give each other a gift corresponding to the number of each year’s anniversary. My gift to her was 4 dates. More on her gift to me later.
- February; 2012 represented a leap year for February. In it I celebrated my 39th birthday and survived 24 hours of travel adventure with then two year old Jr as we travelled to Melbourne, Australia to meet up with Mrs. Daddio who was there working. How can we top a trip down under?
- March; Calgary is this mystical Stephen King like city that you come to at the edge of the great plains and after which stand the jagged mountains that take you to the sea. In March we visited Calgary to surprise my sister in law for her 40th birthday. I also went downhill skiing for the first time there at age 39! in those very mystical Canadian Rocky Mountains.
- April; Since my head is often in the clouds I figured it wouldn’t be too far a stretch to compete in the Martian 10 km road race in Dearborn, Michigan…so I did. I also participated in a friend’s run/walk for charity with Jr. Jr was great for about half of it riding his tricycle as I tagged along. After that it became a run, walk and hold (Jr and the tricycle) for charity!!
- May; Michigan Mays are still supposed to be relatively cool. My spring marathon this year was in Midland, Michigan. I handpicked this race for its promised flat fast course and favorable weather possibilities as an attempt to qualify for the Boston marathon. Instead I received a war of attrition and 90*F plus temperatures but still finished in if not great than decent time. Also under the category of great May accomplishments I survived my first solo parent teacher interview!
- June; Besides running 200 miles for the month in June I became a Fitness Nutrition Specialist, cooked Jell-O salads for Mrs. Daddio’s “Saskatchewan” party and sold our old belongings at our yard sale the highlight of which was the 25 cents I received in exchange for a dirty toaster! Mrs. Daddio and I also enjoyed a rare weekend away in June. Our date included an overnight resort stay and a next morning golf date. This was all a gift for me, only I couldn’t remember what it was for, fore, fore… get it? This was my four year wedding anniversary present from my bride. We laughed about my ignorance later. Hopefully I made up for it with my shame!!!
- July; In July my wife and I enjoyed my Christmas present of seats to a Neil Diamond concert and friends company at their wedding celebration.
- August; August is birthday month at our house. We celebrated Junior’s 3rd at the Zoo. Mrs. Daddio joined the festivities too by celebrating her 29th again before leaving to visit her familial home amongst the wheat fields of the prairies. We also made a family pilgrimage to visit friends of my mother’s from my maternal homeland of Slovakia. I also ran my 3rd CRIM 10 miler and took a trip down memory lane playing pickup hoops with the neighbors.
- September; The ninth month was milestone month for the Dad’s Point of View family. I ran 100 km (62 miles) in just over 19 and ½ hours at Run Woodstock in Pinckney, Michigan. Jr continued milestone month by starting his 2nd year of school and in what is turning out to be the greatest test of endurance of them all he started taking violin lessons!!
- October; More milestones rumbled into our lives in October. My dad turned 75 and we celebrated with a party in the house of my youth. I was honored and privileged to help coach athletes at both the Chicago and Detroit marathons (putting in 34 and 32 miles myself on those days) but the best of the month was saved for Halloween week. Jr, Mrs. Daddio and I went to the local Halloween celebration at the zoo. I went dressed as a Giant green Gumby and might have been the character of choice for many party goers. Of course the real character of choice is always Jr especially on days like Halloween that are made just for him.
- November; Thanksgiving month here in the U.S.A. may just be the busiest month of them all. Aside from Thanksgiving and my Black Friday shopping adventures Mrs. Daddio and I ventured to New York for what amounted to a kind of second honeymoon. I was registered for the uber difficult to get into New York City Marathon which I had gotten into via lottery. That week hurricane Sandy had rolled through New York but both the mayor and the race director guaranteed that the race would go on and urged everyone that was coming from out of town to still come help out the city by helping to reestablish normal business. Most of the estimated out of towners came and at the last minute the race was cancelled. Serves me right to trust a politician. We made the most of our vacation regardless taking in Times Square, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the show The Book of Mormon on Broadway, Midtown Comics, 5th Avenue, opening night for the New York Knickerbockers at Madison Square Garden and much more. I ran my marathon anyway in Central Park just because. Thousands joined me there and it was a spectacular and special experience.
- December; For a three year old December means…Santa Claus. For Mr. and Mrs. Daddio it also meant getting new countertop installed in our kitchen and getting our year long kitchen renovation project that much closer to completion. Of course Santa visited just before Christmas. He stopped long enough to drink his milk and eat his cookies although he did leave some crumbs as noticed by Jr. Jr will also tell you that he went up and down and up and down the chimney. Before leaving he left a fresh new stuffed Humphrey the Camel for his favorite (and ours too) little boy. My Christmas present was a break from violin lessons. Instead we took in the National Ballet of Canada’s presentation of the Nutcracker in Toronto. Christmas number two for the year was spent at Daddio’s parents and when we returned home I enjoyed my third annual coffee run with a group of running mates.
Wouldn’t you know it a year fills up pretty fast. Here are some random tidbits from my year that was 2012.
- Best Deal in Michigan #1 is hands down one cent horsy rides at Meijer
- Best deal in Michigan #2 the price of coffee at Holden’s Deli in Milford Michigan
- Best deal in Michigan #3 Hotdog and a soda for $1.50 at Costco the sight of many father and son dates
- Best new tool to me in 2012; silicone edging knife/scraper for perfect edges every time
- Best feat by a human being in 2012 Part one Oscar Pistorius redefining limitations by running in the Olympics
- Best feat by a human being in 2012 Part two Felix Baumgartner skydiving from outer space, breaking the sound barrier and hopefully reinvigorating human kind’s quest to seek out more than just life on Earth
- Strange questions of 2012 I keep asking myself; if a human is jumping from space to Earth why are we still not exploring the moon or sending someone to Mars? Shouldn’t we have done that yet? Funny the further we get from the lunar landings the less people there are around that were actually alive to witness it. Is that right?
- Moments #1 of 2012 Neil Armstrong the first man to walk on the moon passed, further proof to me that we seem to be losing our wonder
- Moments #2 of 2012 Ray Bradbury one of the most influential writers of the 20th century and also of my life passed on. Oddly enough the night he passed Venus had a rare transit of the sun and my copy of Martian Chronicles disappeared. I believe in Ray Bradbury, do you?
- One last feat of awesome proportions that occurred in 2012 is news that Voyager 1 which launched in September of 1977 is set to leave the solar system
And two more milestones for 2012, one life saved and another that moved on to join the ether of forever.
The same weekend of our yard sale our family cat was hit by a car. Luckily the neighbor saw her drag herself into a bush where we found her battered and bruised and scared. X-rays showed her to have a separated vertebrae and a broken pelvis. She couldn’t walk or go to the bathroom and she wasn’t eating or drinking. I learned to express her bladder for her and with a little bit of nursing and a lot of love she slowly came back to being her pain in the favorite sitting spot self. Half a year later almost now if you had met her for the first time today you would never guess just how close she was.
The will of life is amazing but eventually it must pass on to whatever comes next. In 2012 Mrs. Daddio and I put our dearly beloved best friend Piper to rest. It was a long struggle in the end and I believe that even Piper welcomed the closure that came but still we miss her every single day. She was a big part of my bride and mine’s coming together, was there for every single day of Junior’s life and was always a big part of our family. One day when I have the proper time and frame of mind I will give her the eulogy she deserves. For now Piper we love you and miss you. We think about you every day. 2013 is here and you are with us in our heart to enjoy every damn day of it.
Peace and love all.