We’ve reached the 365th page of this book, and this is my obligatory year in review post. When you look back at a completed year, they can be noteworthy and important for national or international events that happened, or important for personal reasons. This year of our Lord 2013 was my 37th on this planet and on this peninsula, but for many reasons it was probably the most important of my life. The most important baby in the world wasn’t born in a posh spot in London England, it came into this world in the heart of Duval County.
2013 began with the inauguration of Barack Hussein Obama to another term of destroying America by reducing the size of government and inflating the stock market and corporate profits to unheard of levels. I’m left to guess that the “destruction” that we’re constantly told of may end up as a deleted scene when the Obama Presidency is released on Blu-Ray. This summer the country was wrapped up in the George Zimmerman murder trial. The lovable innocent fluffy guy that conservatives around the country strangely rallied around was eventually acquitted. That gave him more time to rack up several speeding tickets and pistol whip is girlfriend. The son of the dad on the 80′s sitcom Growing Pains dressed up like a pimp referee and did a suggestive dance with the daughter of the mullet that gave us Achy Breaky Heart, and the country went bananas like it always does over something trashy on MTV every five years. Then the Canadian born son of a former Castro Cuban revolutionary proceeded to shut down the United States government for the first time since the 1990′s in order to keep millions from getting health insurance. Obamacare became law anyway and the Canadian became a rock star with the same Tea Party right that claimed the Hawaiian born Obama was still not American. Also Breaking Bad ended. Please don’t discuss it with me though because I’m still working through the first season.
The year is sports was awful. I don’t care how good it was for you. Kiss my ass. My Florida Gators started the year getting stomped in their bowl game. The basketball team lost in the Elite 8 for the third year in a row. Then the football team proceeded to have the worst record in over 30 years. The Jaguars doubled their win total from last year, and still managed to have the second worst record in team history. To top it all off, Free Shoes University is playing in the BCS Title game. I did though get to see the contentious round at the Players Championship between Tiger Woods and Sergio Garcia that led to a month long feud in person though.
Internationally the electric disco Pope became the first pontiff to retire in hundreds of years in favor of the new progressive darling Pope. Francis has become a huge problem for political conservatives in North America because of his troublesome return to the thousand years of Catholic social justice. Conservatives like Rush Limbaugh stopped their lip service to American Catholics and began calling the Pope a Marxist. Nevermind the fact that he was only saying a bit louder what Popes have been saying about the poor for centuries. Nelson Mandela tragically passed away after flipping his Harley on the Cape Town to Soweto run. Also, Prince William and his lady friend welcomed a baby. But Willy. . . Imma let you finish. . . . but my wife and I had the best baby of all time.
I became a father this year and for that reason alone this year 2013 will be one of the most important in my life. I had become a step-father late last year, and a Godfather earlier this year. But the full impact of fatherhood began on a late June afternoon when we welcomed little Harper into the world. I still can’t express how fatherhood has changed me, because on some level it seems like this has always been the case. I can’t think of a time without my girls now, so I can’t say I had some kind of sea change in mindset. I have a greater sense of purpose, and greater sense of importance. Two years ago I was a lonely guy living in a questionable part of town. Now I’m the most important man in the lives of three women, living in a questionable part of town. The world moves to the background with the job of fatherhood. I have to work hard to provide an opportunity for people to live their dreams, much like America. The future is filled with important years to come. But we’ll always have 2013. See you in the future.