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Shnay: An open letter to 2012

Updated: January 31, 2013 6:21AM



It’s been a difficult year for some of us, so 2012: Please forgive any slight when we ask you to get out of town as soon as you can.

It’s not that everything that took place on your watch was bad, but somehow much of the hope promised by your coming gradually disappeared during the 12 months you were with us.

You gave us one more day, and it is debatable if we enjoyed the bonus.

So please say goodbye.

You were a mixed blessing here in Park Forest. Norwood Plaza is gone. That’s good.

Wildwood School also was demolished, along with that dilapidated row of empty shops on Cunningham Drive in downtown Park Forest and that long-vacant auto showroom on Highway 30.

Good, good and good once more. That’s half the battle.

You will not be responsible for what happens next. It will be up to your successors to take credit for doing something useful on those sites. That reconstruction of Orchard Drive is almost finished. Almost finished is almost good.

Overall, there were beautiful babies born, and both happy weddings and joyous celebrations took place without a hitch.

Perhaps a few of us won a lottery, but alas, none was my close personal friend.

You gave and you took away. You left us without some of our friends. The list is much too long, but we mention Etel Billig, Rhoda Adler, and Dick and Pat Humbert, along with Samuel Klutznick, the youngest son of Phil and Ethel Klutznick.

After 58 years on the job, the Kiwanis Club Pankatron was retired. That reconstruction of Orchard Drive forced us to do without our annual Independence Day parade.

The Nurses Club disbanded, but not before giving $50,000 in scholarship money to Prairie State College. Ken Kramer, the longest-serving village trustee in the history of Park Forest, decided not to run for another term, as did fellow Trustee Bonita Dillard.

The trouble was that you were no different than your predecessors. You were a better year than some, worse than others.

Like every past year some of your confident promises did not come true.

We elected a president on your watch, but we did so through a haze of vicious attacks that numbed our senses.

Our helping hands reached out to the victims of Superstorm Sandy after it tore through the East Coast, but we recoiled in horror at what took place in Newtown.

We started the year hoping for better times than what we had and ended it teetering on a “fiscal cliff.”

Thanks for all the good things that happened, but come midnight Monday, take your leave, and try not to let the front door hit you as you exit.

2013 and all that

The year will end before we meet again in these pages.

So we can close the book on 2012 and hope that the new year will be more of a blessing and less of a curse, especially when it comes to putting in the correct date in our checkbooks.

We’ve written this before, but it bears repeating.

Some years ago we came upon a reflection written by Eugene Pickett that is most appropriate for a new year. It concludes with a fervent wish that we live “not by our fears but our hopes, not by our words, but our deeds.”

More I cannot wish for you, dear reader.

Happy New Year.



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