New Year, new per­spec­tive

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Ri­cardo fam­ily is from left to right: Béa­trice, Pier­rette (grand­mother), Brigitte, Clémence, Jeanne and Ri­cardo. I don’t make New Year’s res­o­lu­tions. Never have.

When I look back on an­other cal­en­dar year gone by, I tend to do so more with nos­tal­gia than the urge to com­pile an­other to-do list.

Don’t get me wrong — I do set goals for my­self. Ca­reeror­i­ented goals, typ­i­cally, at ran­dom through­out the year. But 2018 was a lit­tle dif­fer­ent.

In a year that saw tremen­dous highs for the com­pany my wife, Brigitte, and I run, we also faced some chal­lenges as a fam­ily.

For starters, our three girls are start­ing to leave the nest. The last fam­ily va­ca­tion we took, a year and a half ago, won’t be hap­pen­ing again any­time soon. Our mid­dle daugh­ter, Clémence, is fol­low­ing in my foot­steps as a stu­dent at Mon­treal’s lead­ing tourism, ho­tel man­age­ment and restau­rant man­age­ment school.

Last sum­mer, she flew west to work in Banff, and then hosted us for the hol­i­days at her first Mon­treal apart­ment. My old­est, Béa­trice, spent the sum­mer in the sales depart­ment of our Toronto of­fice, mas­ter­ing her com­mand of English. It won’t be long be­fore our baby, Jeanne, goes off to col­lege.

Send­ing your chil­dren off into the world is bit­ter­sweet, but Brigitte and I did our best to raise three in­de­pen­dent daugh­ters — we’re slowly com­ing to grips with the fact that they won’t be around the house for­ever.

Our fam­ily faced a more dif­fi­cult test last Oc­to­ber, when Brigitte — a breast can­cer sur­vivor — had a pre­ven­ta­tive dou­ble mas­tec­tomy.

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