New Year, new perspective
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.
Ricardo family is from left to right: Béatrice, Pierrette (grandmother), Brigitte, Clémence, Jeanne and Ricardo.