Deborah Armstrong

New Year’s

Deborah's Diary

It’s New Year’s Eve day. The house is clean, the kitchen cupboards and fridge are filled with food, the wine rack is full and the bank account is on the plus side. According to the Ingledales, you need to have a clean and orderly house and plenty of food in the house to guarantee that the New Year will provide the same. I added the full wine rack and money in the bank for my own piece of mind.

Tonight we’ll be celebrating bringing in the New Year with the Ingledales. It’s been a tradition that started years ago. Even we can’t remember with our collective memories when we started to celebrate Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve together. I think it may be coming up to our twentieth year, but I don’t know.

We’ll eat delicious appetizers, enjoy an amazing home cooked meal with a few bottles of well matched wine. We’ll probably play a game or watch something on television. We’ll pull out our predictions for 2011 and see who was the most right (?) and make ones for 2012. We’ll talk about politics, entertainment and the latest news. Then as it nears midnight, we’ll find the right channel on the television to watch the countdown to the New Year. We’ll see Dick Clark giving the commentary and we’ll wonder why he still does it. We’ll cheer in the New Year, hug and kiss each other then the Ingledales will beat their pots at the front and back doors for good luck (or something like that) and then we’ll sing Happy Birthday to Philip, our New Year’s baby.

Our cell phones will ring. Children celebrating elsewhere will phone to wish us a Happy New Year. We’ll tell them we love them – there’s no better way to start the New Year than by telling someone you love them and being told you’re loved back.

We’ll try to keep the celebration going, but it won’t last for long. Philip will be thinking that morning chores come early and he really should try to get in five hours sleep. Mr. Ingledale’s eyes will start to close although he says he’s fine. Mrs. Ingledale will be thinking of her children off partying with friends.

I’ll be thinking of friends and my family, too, wishing them health and happiness and the joy that comes with having friends and family. I think that sometimes we forget that having friends and family to share our life with is so important. To have everything but to have no one to share it with is a very lonely life. I am thankful that I have all of you to share my life with through all the good times and the bad. I am thankful for all the kind words and hugs and emails that let me know that you care. I am thankful for your laughter at my jokes and your interest in my latest project. I am thankful for you being you.

Happy New Year, everyone! All the best to you and your family.


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