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Monday, June 27, 2022

In the Year 2020

Tony Tone
Tony Tone has worked as a radio personality in Muscatine and the Quad Cities since 2006. He currently serves as Muscatine Community School District Communication and Community Outreach Director and writes Talk of the Town with Tony Tone for the Discover Muscatine newspaper.

Muscatine Living

  Happy (almost) New Year! Have you practiced writing 2020 yet? How many times will we accidentally write 2019 in the new year? I’ll be the first to admit that it will happen to me within the first week of 2020.

I’m also determined to stick to the resolutions I’ve made for myself this year. I’ll share two of them with you—to be more “present” with my family and to lose the weight I’ve gained back. Both of those resolutions are connected to each other. 

Gaining weight back has made it harder to have energy when I get home after being at work all day. When I was thinner I had bounds of energy, and unfortunately that is not the case now. I’m also not afraid to admit that. I know I’ve gained weight, but I also know I possess the willpower to shed it. It’s just a matter of reminding myself that in order to be more present with my family I have to take better care of myself.

Plus, my kids are growing up way too quickly. You all were right, time flies, and if I’m being honest, I struggle with that. We all want the best for our children as they grow up and ultimately hope to help set them up for success. I feel that burden every single day. 

I personally try my best to make our community better in hopes that it will continue to be a great place for all children to grow up. Maybe that’s something we can all continue to do, practice kindness and respect for each other. I try to be polite to everyone that crosses my path. I’m a believer in holding the door open for strangers, eye contact, and doing my best to leave someone with a smile. 

It also irks me when I see litter at places like our local parks. Last week when it was 60 degrees on Christmas, I had two of my kids at the park along the riverfront. The amount of garbage I picked up in 60 minutes was, quite frankly, disgusting! I try to not be the parent that’s on their phone at the park, so picking up litter helped keep me from doing that.

Also, have you taken a 14-month-old to the park recently? All Lucy did was walk/baby jog everywhere. That girl is somehow as quick as she is cute. 

Even taking my kids to the park is connected to my resolutions. A healthier me will be more active with them, even as temps only get colder. Thank goodness we’ve got the family membership for the Muscatine Community YMCA! When it was 50 below zero last year, we bundled up and spent time sweating it out at the Y. 

My wish for all of you is health, happiness, and a successful start to the new year. Thank you for all the support and well wishes. I truly appreciate it. Bring on 2020, I’m ready!

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