Friday, December 28, 2007

Happy New Year

As mentioned below, the child bride and I will be in Ireland for the next few days. I won't be back at the blog until at least 4 January. Somehow I think you'll carry on.

This is probably stupid on my part, but I am really looking forward to 2008, perhaps more so than I can remember for any previous year. In general, I refuse to make New Year's resolutions or pretend that a new year is any different than a new month, new week, new day, new hour.

"In Christ all things are new," a pastor once told me.

Shawn can probably tell you what scripture that comes from (I'm guessing New Testament, because of the stuff about Jesus). But even if you remove the "In Christ" bit it's a generally true statement that I try to remind myself of when I get frustrated. All things are new all the time.

But there is something about this coming year that inspires a stupid optimism. I feel as if I have spent a long time laying the groundwork and this year I will finally start to build something for myself. That is stupid, stupid optimism, I know -- inspired by two too many glasses of port -- but it's how I feel.

Maybe you feel the same way.

Maybe you don't. If you are a more sober/realistic person, New Year's is simply an opportunity to pay too much for drinks at the bar you always go to, or watch crap pop groups on television and remind yourself of why you don't listen to pop music.

Whatever it is for you, I hope that it is good.

In the spirit of pointless merrymaking, I will link to this YouTube video, containing what remains my favourite song of all time. Blwyddyn newydd dda.


heatherfeather said...

I usually get this song stuck in my head about 4x a week.

So, Jenny put the kettle on jellyman kelly, can he come home Jenny, can he come?

I love this song...

kari said...

that song is, without a doubt, one of my most favorite songs ever. when my daughter was really really little, we'd watch it on a VHS copy of Sing Along Songs by Sesame Street.

i must find that vhs. i must play it for the wee lad due in may...

i too have a nice feeling when i think of 2008, largely in part to the baby that is on the way... somehow takes the sting out of losing bram.

happy new year to you and the child bride!

Anonymous said...

blwyddyn newydd dda, hefyd. pob lwc i ti yn gymru eleni. rwy'n eitha' eiddigeddus.

happy new year, also. good luck in wales this year. i'm quite jealous.