January 1, 2011

Very cold here tonight in the Valley of the Sun, all kinds of warnings up. Not only have we got another freeze warning, but an air quality warning as well; they’re telling people not to unnecessarily burn wood in their fireplaces. On a chilly New Year’s Eve? Are you kidding me? That ain’t gonna happen!

I stood outiside on the patio tonight under happy pineapple lights that didn’t provide a lick of warmth or sense of joy or happiness and watched the New Year come in with my breath showing in the cold air. There were a few fireworks, but mostly the air was filled with smoke from burning wood and now the old year is gone and the new year is here with all of its infinite possibilities and outcomes, both bad and good. May God grant us serenity and good health and happiness this year. I’m going to Mass tomorrow, for sure.

Here’s a nice little poem to ring the New Year in by:

The Gift of a New Year

Here’s to the year
that’s almost past its expiration date—2010.
We all had some surprises, didn’t we?
Some good, some distressing.
Let’s use everything we got from our experiences,
everything we learned,
to enrich the new year.

Here’s to the new year, 2011,
a gift we haven’t opened yet.
May its bright, shiny package
contain even more than we hope for.

And even while we’re delighting in new treasures,
let’s appreciate fully what we already have—
the blessings we take for granted.
Make a list, and check it twice.

And here’s to all you wonderful people
(wave glass around to encompass the whole group)
who are putting up with my toast;
I hope in the new year
you see yourselves the way I see you:
intelligent, interesting, and likable.

(Raise glass) To 2011:
May it give a whole new meaning
to the phrase, “the good life.”

By Joanna Fuchs

(Hat tip: Poemsource.com)

Happy New Year 2011 from all the Goodboys and Goodboys Nation weblog.

Filed in: Uncategorized by The Great White Shank at 00:14 | Comments (2)
2 Comments »
  1. Happy New year to you and Tracey and may this new year bring you peace, love, laughter and good health.

    Comment by Jana — January 1, 2011 @ 10:12 am


  2. Thanks, Jana – the same to you. Hope your new year family gathering was everything you hoped it would be. And happy birthday to your mom!

    Comment by The Great White Shank — January 1, 2011 @ 11:23 am


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