New Year? When Did That Happen? (ms)

In the Hit Parade of Holidays Christmas and the New Year are either one or two depending on your taste. Personally, I prefer Christmas.

I gave up paying a lot of attention to the start of the New Year; so much so that I confess I’m not really aware of the day when it happens. I have worked so many holidays over the years that I find New Years day is just like any other—there is scant little to set it apart from the day that came before or the one that follows.

I think I officially decided to ignore the holiday when I hit the ripe old age of fifty. Not old by today’s standards to be sure but old enough. There I was sporting the big five-o and in the blink of an eye I was looking at the start of a new year, a year in which I would reach fifty-one. Blah. So, in order to make it a less stressful time I simply chose to ignore the start of the year. It was easy enough to do for my wife and I were both working and even if we weren’t we’re not much for partying. Aside from dinner with friends we’re good with sparkling water and shrimp with dip. Wow, let the good times roll!

We went our separate ways the first day of that New Year and of course came across the usual complaints from folks who partied a little too hearty the night before. Between that and the routine of the day I didn’t write the date down until late afternoon. That was just fine by me and it’s been that way ever since.

Over time I have developed an attitude of trying to make changes I need to make as soon as I can. Why wait to make a New Years resolution? Doing that only prolongs the agony. Quit smoking, quit drinking, begin eating sensibly, start exercising today, tomorrow at the latest. If you fall off the wagon, so to speak, climb right back on and start the ride all over again.

Now, I am a mere teller of tales, one who writes stories for fun and hopefully the entertainment of you Dear Reader so please do not think of me as one of those pundits who offers advice or analysis. I don’t have any of the former and I don’t know enough about anything to get into the latter. No, I think what I’m doing here is merely talking, running off at the mind and watching my musings somehow displaying themselves on the screen of my computer.

What brought it to mind wasn’t the fact that we’re looking at the end of another year (at least as I write this) but the fact that I had to send in a check to continue my newspaper subscription. I noted the new expiration date and it would happen in 2011 and one thought led to another and so here I am. I really promise not to make mention of it again for the first day of the New Year will be, I think, just another day.

–Mike Stevens

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~ by admin on December 23, 2010.

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