Friday, January 1, 2010

Wow, 2010!

Doesn't that sound futuristic? I mean, coming from a girl that was born in 1963, it sounds surreal. Before the clock struck 12 this morning, I couldn't stop smiling. There's something to be said about seeing in the new year, especially with Boo. He works nights so I reminded him that I really wanted him to be home before 12 so that we could bring in the New Year together and he made it happen. He was home at 11:51.

We ran outside and gazed at the mountains that are close enough to touch (almost) behind our house and there, glowing in what I call "alien green" were the words Happy New Year at the highest peak of the mountain. We kissed under the moonlight while gazing up at the words. I ran to get my camera and each picture that I took, the words never showed up. Boo told me that he would take a picture of it in the morning but by this morning, the words were gone. I am beginning to wonder if those words were meant for just our eyes only. There is no explanation as to how those words got there...especially since someone would've had to hike and mountain climb to reach the highest peak.

As we rang in the new year, I reminisced. I thought of when I was little girl, my family always spent New Year's eve in church, praying the new year in. The firecrackers and gunshots would ring out but the pastor would continue praying until he was ready to say, "Amen". We stumbled towards the car, half sleep and then finally, into bed.

The next morning, the house would smell like soul food cooking. My mom made greens, black eyed peas and rice and the type of meat changed each year. We ate neckbones, short ribs or chicken and sometimes, there was hog maws and chitlins. I still remember the smell of them cooking...it stunk worse than toes and bad breath combined! As years went by though, the menu changed and chitlins and hog maws were eliminated (due to it being bad for the blood pressure and other stuff.) My favorite part of the New Year was watching the Rose Parade on television and then the Rose Bowl with my dad. I didn't quite understand football but those were quiet moments spent with my dad.

I anticipate this new year. I've heard some people say that they fear what lies ahead this year but I am embracing each and every moment that God gives me. I want to listen more, be still more, be patient more, to learn more, to give more and to love more. If that is all that happens this year, then I know that my year will be filled with contentment.

Happy New Years, my friends.

19 comments:

Janie B said...

The same to you! Have a great year.

gaila said...

We don't do anything much for New Year now, but I have good memories of my childhood too.
I'm pleased you have a great feeling for the year. I truly hope your dreams come true.

Buckeroomama said...

Happy new year to you, Simone.

It's wonderful to usher in the New Year with a loved one by your side. :)

I really like your new blog look. Is it just for the season or are you going to keep it?

sherry ♥ lee said...

Speaking of "new" -- I love this fabulous new look you have here!! :) Very fresh (and tasty looking!!!).

Sounds like you had a wonderful New Year's Eve...and yes, perhaps those words were just meant for the two of you! ♥

I'm with you on 2010 sounding futuristic...I'm still having a hard time getting my mouth around saying it...It's the "20" part that I'm stumbling over. So rather than say "twenty 10" I see myself sticking with 2 thousand and 10 or two thousand ten...and when it feels "right" I'm sure twenty ten will just roll of my tongue... lol!! :)

Megryansmom said...

Happy New Year to you Simone!

Mari said...

I'm so glad Boo made it home before midnight. I worked the 11-7 shift for quite a few years and many times Bob and I would tell each other Happy New Year over the phone.
PS - I love the new look!

Menopausal New Mom said...

I love the new look! Oh those chocolates! Didn't you see that I'm hoping to lose weight this year Lol!! Looking at your page is bound to put a pound or two on me.

I love reading about the memories others have of special occasions, thanks for sharing with us.

Happy New Year and I believe you already hold all those qualities you are aiming to achieve!

twin2 said...

You really brought back memories. I'm ready to embrace all that God has in store as well. I'm always reminded how every day is so precious. I totally love your new chocolate look. If only you could cyber send over the aroma of the yummies.

Nezzy said...

Oh baby, it's takin' all the control this farm chick and muster up not to lick the screen here. Ya'll know I have a problem with chocolate! Heeehee. I love the new look.

You have the best year, sweetie!!!

ethelmaepotter! said...

This is now my favorite blog background - YUMMY YUM!
That is so curious about the words on the mountain - if you ever find out what that was all about, you must let us know.
Happy New Year!

Suz said...

We couldn't stand out and welcome the New year without getting frost bite!! I envy you that you could.

Your new look makes me gain wait just looking at it. My major weakness is chocolate.

Have a wonderful and happy New year.

Angela Cooper said...

I can't wait to see what lies ahead for 2010. No need in being scared of it. Look at what happened in the last 10 years. It can only get better.

Joanna Jenkins said...

LOVE the new blog look!!!!! Great job.

And I love the excitement you have for the new year! I wish you and your all the very best!

xo

lagirl/sweet tea said...

Amen, Sister, Amen.
I'm looking for a great new year and I'm believin' it's gonna happen. "Happy New Year to You!".

kanishk said...

I'm pleased you have a great feeling for the year. I truly hope your dreams come true.

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Vegas Linda Lou said...

What a beautiful, thoughtful post! Sounds like you had a wonderful time ringing in the New Year. If you need any encouragement/prodding/nagging about getting your children's book done, you know where to come!

All the best to you in 2010, dear virtual friend. I have a feeling it's going to be fantastic!

Anita said...

What a beautiful testimony. Your last paragraph says it all!

Looking forward to good things, right along with you! :)

Fragrant Liar said...

New Year's was pretty uneventful for us, but I was glad to share it with my daughter and her family. It was her rowdy friends who drove me nuts! Anyway, happy new year!

Nishant said...

you have a great feeling for the year. I truly hope your dreams come true.

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