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
This FOWC was posted back on October 17 but I can’t help but ponder about that day even though I am days late. It was my 54th birthday. And a time to reminisce on past years. I recall as a young child anxiously awaiting to blow out not only the candles on my cake but my growth candle. For those too young to know what that is… it was a candle that was lit each year to burn down to the right age. So, there was a little anticipation to watch the year melt away.
Being the second child, I don’t recall getting a new bike on my birthday… it was always a hand me down after my sister got a new bike. But the bike was new to me. I do recall getting a ukulele one year after my sister had gotten a guitar on her birthday. There were always clothes and books and either Lego’s or Barbies. My birthdays were always special.
As an adult we still gathered for celebrations. We would eat out or order pizza and play games. It was always nice to get a gift, but now it was more about being together with family. Ten years ago I had the first birthday without my Mom there, and this is the second without my Dad too. I worry as the family size shrinks how we may not be able to stay as connected as we were when Mom and Dad were still here. We gathered together this year, but I wonder about the future. And with my daughter getting married and talking of having children of her own, will they have their own traditions and not continue with those we have done for years? It is all a lot to ponder. What are your fondest memories of your birthdays?
Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – ponder
I took a walk through my mind To see what was taking up space Memories both good and bad Were scattered all about I found scenes from my childhood Encountered some old friends Watched my daughter being born again Picked up a forgotten dream or two And when I had seen enough I wiped away the tears Because there really is no going back To try it one more time Besides I can’t relive the pain Of losing you again
Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – encounter