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Carter Dick (yes that's really his name) thinks he’s an important man in Honey Creek. His family has been here practically since the town was founded. He’s set his sights on being mayor within the next few years. Unfortunately, some of the kids in town have been playing the game of Gauntlet in the cemetery and leaving soda cans on the Dick Family tombstones. Naturally, this doesn’t please Carter. He’s resolved to find the culprits and put them in their place once and for all. This might involve skulking around the cemetery late at night, but whatever it takes, he’s going to keep this resolution.
Mariah Davis happens to know something about the soda cans in the cemetery, but don't tell Carter. She's determined to get a runner’s scholarship to Ohio State University. She wants to become a veterinarian and open the first animal hospital in Honey Creek. She’s a marathon runner, and her New Year’s resolution is to keep training and to get more people involved in the Relay for Life run this year. She’s training every day, and trying to convert local people to the joys of running. In my novel Shades of the Future, you’ll find out if she meets her goal.
Joe Helmer, the good looking owner of Catch 22 Pizza, makes amazing Chicago style pizza at night, and writes novels during the day. His resolution is to write the Great American Novel this year and become a literary legend. He gets plenty of writing fodder from the people who come into his restaurant, so you never know. He might just make his resolution a reality.
Ralph Creamer runs the funeral home in Honey Creek. As you can imagine, he doesn’t meet too many eligible young women. His New Year’s resolution is to get out more and meet someone, perhaps even the woman of his dreams. She’ll have long blonde hair, blue eyes, a laugh like an angel, and not be afraid of dead bodies with rigor mortis. Good luck, Ralphie!
Mavis and Mack Prattle, are definitely not afraid of dead bodies. Mack's the town butcher and Mavis owns the meat market. They're determined that this is the year they’ll lose fifty pounds. That’s fifty pounds each, mind you, not all together. It’s going to be a challenge, what with all the delicious cuts of meat in the shop. Perhaps they’ll learn to love salads as much as roast beef, but only time will tell.
Bess Beale, AKA The Drill Sergeant, runs the White Cottage Restaurant. She’s too practical to waste time on New Year’s resolutions, but one thing she does want to do is get a retirement fund going for the workers in her restaurant. With her
I’m a bit like Bess because I don’t do resolutions. I’m always setting goals for myself. My goal this year is to get another fabulous book written for you, the readers.
Now you know a bit more about some of the Honey Creek folk from their New Year’s resolutions. What are your resolutions? Do you have any?
Post by Suzanne Lilly