Today for letter P, I searched for a quote from the poet Pablo Neruda. I found this one and was so drawn to it. We have all had “the one that got away” that years later you still wonder what happened to them and “what if” things had been different. At least for me their still is and always will be a little bit of love still there for them. Also friends and family that only pass your way briefly, but have an impact on your life, are a part of your memories forever.
“Loved. You can’t use it in the past tense. Death does not stop that love at all.”
As I get older I learn more and more that this is true. As we age more people we care about are taken away from us, but that deep love will never die. Embrace it and remember fondly the memories of the past.
As we approach the end of the year, I look back on some of my memorable New Years Eve celebrations. I know a lot of years Mom and Dad would have friends over and we would play cards and the house was full of laughter. One year we visited family in Omaha and went to a bar my uncle liked, to see a band called Cry Baby (I will never forget that as they handed out tear drop stickers at the door).
As my family grew, my husband and I carried on the gaming tradition with my daughter. We played Monopoly or cards and snacked on food until the ball dropped in Time Square. And we always had sparkling cider so the whole family could toast the New Year.
One of the traditions I still carry out is something my grandma always used to tell me. She would eat oysters on crackers every New Years to bring good luck. I also carry out a tradition that started when my daughter was a little older, we began opening a fortune cookie after midnight to see how lucky the New Year would be for us.
Now a lot of my family is gone, it is just my daughter and my sister and her family. My daughter has her own friends to celebrate with. My sister and her boyfriend usually go out and I just never cared to be out on the roads with all the drunk drivers that night. So New Year’s Eve is pretty quiet for me. My boyfriend works a 7am on New Years Day so it will probably be me and Words with Friends for the night… a drink of sparkling cider and some oysters, watching the ball drop in an empty Times Square. May you all have a happy and safe New Year’s Eve!
What are some of your favorite ways to ring in the New Year?
Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – lucky