Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy New Year

So, it's 2009.
I've always had a love/hate relationship with New Years.
When I was younger, my Mom used to have the radio on all the time on the weekends. We'd listen to Kasey Casem's top 40 countdown. And on New Years eve, he'd always count down the most popular songs of the year, instead of the week. I got it into my head that by us starting a new year, it meant those songs would not be heard, anymore. I got very sad about that. Until someone kindly pointed out to me that my thinking was flawed.
As I got older, I still had my struggles with New Years. I can't really explain it. All through high school, instead of going to parties, or to friends houses, I would babysit instead. I made tons of money doing that, babysitters on NYE can ask for premium bucks.
In the Navy, New Years was kind of just another day, especially if you had duty. I don't really remember any particular year of New Years....
As years have gone by, I've learned to appreciate it more for what it is, kind of a new beginning if you need one. A jumping off point, if you will. A blank slate. Tabula Rasa.
If you had a bad 08, well, its over now, and in the past. If you had a great 08, you can just continue that roller coaster ride all the way into 09.
I spent last night surrounded by laughter, and friends. Some, better than others. Some interesting questions and opinions fluttered past me, some AT me. (and were deflected). Though the alcohol ran freely, I found myself drinking water, and listening, laughing, and remembering the little girl who thought the music was going away.
I had a wonderful 08. Many changes came about, all of them good ones. I have a really good feeling about 2009. I am happy and healthy, and so are my loved ones. I am warm, with a roof over my head, food in my fridge, and 2 great people that I love a lot to share it with. A girl couldn't ask for more.
So wherever you are, from our house, to your house, Happy 09.


Anonymous said...

Happy New Year to you too.

I hope 2009 is great. There are so many changes happening right now.

Daryl said...

Lovely post. Happy New Year!


Eaton Bennett aka Berenice Albrecht said...

Happy New Year to you and your family, hope this year is all you hope for. :)

Mimi said...

Happy New Year!

Jo Beaufoix said...

Oooohhh, so sweet and sad that you thought that. We spent our New Year with friends too. Loved it. :D

Mary said...

Happy New Year!

holly said...

actually, after kasey counted them down, *i* never listened to them again, and i shot anyone who did. happy new years. and apologies - your polly pocketing will be rectified immediately. i do not know what happened - i blame tiredness.