January 01, 2010

Happy New Year!

When I was a little kid, I can remember how elegant my parents and their friends would look on New Year’s Eve, with the men in suits and the women wearing sparkly evening gowns. My kids’ generation is a bit more informal: most of their friends arrived here yesterday wearing pajama pants. Our midnight celebration was fairly casual as well: we were all milling about the kitchen area, piling food onto our plates when Butters looked at his cell phone and said, “Hey, according to my phone, it’s 2010.”

Boy in Black is so nocturnal that midnight seemed early to him. He suggested that we pick a place where midnight falls at about 6 am EST and celebrate THAT new year so that at least staying up would be at challenge. It seems like the younger group all took that challenge to heart because when I woke up early this morning (out of habit), the gang was still gathered in the living room, playing card games, wide awake.

This afternoon, when everyone was napping, I sneaked out to the house of my friend Makes Bread for her annual New Year’s Day gathering. It felt good to be amongst friends, eating hot soup and cookies on this blustery cold day, everyone talking about their hopes for the coming year.

7 comments:

Lilian said...

Happy New Year for you too!!

cold and blustery on New Year's eve and day feels wrong to me after having spent the first 25 years of my life experiencing them warm (and often rainy and at the beach). OTOH, Christmas here in Brazil feels strange.

Maybe I'll get used to cold weather on New Year's after 25 years in the U.S. ;-)

Kyla said...

Happy New Year! We were up until 1:30 playing Mexican train (dominoes) with friends.

comebacknikki said...

Happy New Year! :)

AmpersandPrime said...

Happy new year, jo(e). You're the Garrison Keillor of blogging. I love visiting.

kathy a. said...

happy new year!

per tradition, we celebrated at eastern time, although we live in the pacific zone. i can't manage looking cheerful or even very awake at midnight any more.

RageyOne said...

Happy New Year!

Yankee, Transferred said...

Happy New Year, Jo(e)!