Hope everyone has had a great start to the New Year - my start could have been better.

I've already had to go to the emergency room. I thought I would see if I could slide down my stairs at home on my back. I now have the prettiest purple foot and toes. One person suggested I paint my toenails purple to match my foot.

Have you made your New Year's resolutions yet? I never quite get around to making any. I really want to start exercising again. I miss walking, but with the sun coming up after I can go walking and going down before I get home from work, I can't make myself go.

Hopefully, I will get either the energy or the willpower to start walking again very soon. Well, at least as soon as I can walk on my foot again.

My granddaughter suggested my column be about raising teens or near-teens. I'm not sure what I can talk about, except I've earned every one of my gray hairs. I think raising teens should be for parents and not grandparents, but guess what? I wouldn't have it any other way.

I love watching my grandkids grow. I just wish it wasn't so fast. I have many fond memories of when they used to like me and want to be with me. I know it will come around again.

Lynda and I recently attended the grand opening of the Dr. Clotilde P. Garcia Library, on the south side of town. Hopefully one day soon you can make a trip over to see the new facility.

Why don't you make one of your promises for the New Year to visit your public library more often?

If you are a military veteran, we are going to be having a group from Detroit come to help you discover your rights and benefits as a veteran. They will be here to counsel you on Jan. 30 and 31.

Remember that if you live in the state of Texas, you may have a free library card at any of the Corpus Christi Public Libraries.

Jean Meadors is the children's librarian for the Northwest Branch Library in Corpus Christi. Readers may contact her at 241-9329.