Do you have a favorite holiday? A least favorite? New Year’s, for me, falls into the least favorite for me. It’s a day of mixed emotions, always.
New Year’s Eve going into 1967 is the year that changed it all for me and each year I wrestle with the memory of that evening. Vividly, I recall standing on our front porch, my sisters and I. Wrapping strong arms around the three of us was my father. We stood in the cold watching fireworks in the distance and all of us were crying. This was an end of a season of our life. 1967 would be the first year that we would not have Mom.
Each new year’s eve that memory floods in. It doesn’t hinder me enjoying the celebration, it is just a reminder.
Years vary. Some are great. Some aren’t. It’s the nature of life. This time last year I was overjoyed at the thought of becoming a grandmother. I still smile and revel in the joy and happiness that we started 2012. It was if spring dawned and never really ended. Everything was sweeter, brighter. It was a wonderful year. A great vintage that I will always remember. It will juxtapose the memory of 1967.
So, now, it is early 2013. So far, it is a blank year. Nothing anticipated on the horizon. So far, the only major accomplishment of this year is the buttermilk cinnamon banana pancakes that turned out well. That is the total of this new year. Not an auspicious start, really. But, for all purposes, it is a start.
I don’t know how I feel about this year. I know there will be changes. But, for now, there are no huge headlines, no drama, nothing. It’s blank.
How does your new year look? Are you looking forward to it? I know 2013 and I will become friends. It will be a comfort to me. I will relax and enjoy being in its presence. But, for now, we are strangers. I am a bit leery of its determination to stick around for the next twelve months. I know it has an agenda, it will have its joy, it’s tears, its sorrows. For now I will approach it with caution, wondering what it will have in store for me.
So, to all of you. Happy 2013! May each day hold the very best our Lord gives you. May you find peace and joy and security in this new season of time. Thanks for stopping by, DAF