The New Year begins with promises of fresh starts, reaffirmation of love, new beginnings, promises and more promises for a brighter future as the New Year just popped out of nowhere at 12 midnight just a few hours ago. We make the most superficial, yet purposeful, promises imaginable to ourselves. We believe we can get in shape, lose weight, improve career paths, and so much more which only humans with super powers can accomplish.
Then, there are the really serious promises we make from deep in our hearts to others, whether we whisper them, or shout them out as loud as we can. At that point we really do want to care more, express love more, reverse bad feelings in old relationships or seek out new loving relationships. We try our very best to put these desires into words, and finding the perfect words to express our genuine heartfelt Happy New Year wishes and greetings for our family, friends and loved ones which is always a difficult task to perform at such short notice.
Well as we prepare ourselves, that’s Cathy, myself and y’all, for a New Year not knowing what is going to happen in 2018, we will just try to ignore all the doom and gloom on the Horizon and continue our daily lives as though the future is going to bring us all those things that we wished upon everyone else for this brand new year.
We sincerely wish you a Happy and Prosperous New Year and above all that you and your families will be safe for another year as the world, turns which ever way it is manipulated into turning. Maybe we are lucky and we will be able to get off at a happy place tra la la …..
On one January first back in the seventies, it was still dark outside when I awoke. The den was toy-strewn, there were supper dishes in the sink. A pile of laundry waited to be washed, while the dryer was full of the last load. I didn’t have the traditionally Southern New Year’s meal- black-eyed peas, cornbread and hog jowl-planned; I didn’t even have milk for breakfast. Wearily I tossed scattered toys into the yellow plastic clothes basket with the broken handle.
New Year’s Day .Bah,humbug! I felt someone watching me and turned. In the dark room stood Julie my oldest, in her pink nightgown with the top button missing. Sleepy eyes, she asked softly, “Why are you up so early, Mama?” I’m trying to get a head start. It’s New Year’s Day. You know what that means?”Silence. I assumed she’s chosen to ignore my strange early-morning question.” teacher said that every day is the first day of the rest of your life. Is that what you mean, Mama?”
I stood up straight and looked at her- really looked at her . A smile found my face. “Yep, Julie Babe, your teacher’s a smart lady – Author Marion Bond West