Good morning to all. Well, here it is...almost the end of another year. time to get ready to ring in the New Year. As I sit here this morning, I started to reflect on so many of my past New Years. I can remember when I was a young girl of 13 and I worked in a restaurant in the coat room at the restaurant my mother worked in. I can remember taking in the coats and hanging them up. I remember reading a book and occasionally glancing out the small room surrounded by beautiful coats and furs and staring out at the dance floor 100 feet away. I listened as the band played on and the men and woman danced the night away donned in suits and chiffon dresses. Dreaming that some day, I too would be doing the same on New Years. Eve. I watched as the evening progressed to midnight. Hats and horns slowly made their way onto each of the peoples heads as bottles of champagne appeared on their tables. The sound of the popping corks and the Auld Lang Sign rang in the New Year. People laughing and kissing was surely a sight to see and remember. I was bound to have the same scene embrace me in the very near future.
Well, years rolled forward and I married and had children. My New Years Eve was certainly a different sight than what I had envisioned. I remember how I prepared food for the evening along with preparations for when the clock struck twelve. It was hats and horns and streamers, along with pots and pans and large kitchen serving spoons. As we counted down the clock with Dick Clark on the television, the children prepared their musical instruments to bang in the new year with. These of course were the pots and pans. Our attire was pajamas and slippers. We would stand on the front porch of our home as the sounds of New Years rang out quite loudly. Now the champagne was replaced with sparking grape soda so that the children could participate. They of course thought that they were drinking the real thing. One year was quite the scene. My eldest daughter convinced herself that she was really drinking and proceeded to act like a drunkard. To all of our surprise...she caught the flu during the night and was sicker than a dog the next morning. She was positive that this was a hang over. I laughed for many years over that one.
Well, years have rolled on and as I sit here today, I think of how many of the years were never even greeted formally. Tonight I will entertain guests with dinner and cards. Somehow, my future vision of wining and dining to music never seemed to happen. Almost 50 years have passed and I must say, I really think more about the resolution tradition more than the rest. I have made more resolutions than I care to admit have never come to pass. Today, as I consider making a New Years resolution, I resolve to look forward to a new year with excitement. I look forward to what life will bring to me and the courage to handle it. I look to the past and see how fortunate all those years have been. How much I enjoyed banging pots and pans and watching my children grow. I enjoyed the thrill of being together and laughing the day and evenings away. May you have a wonderful new year and may your future be filled with memories.