Monday, 31 December 2012

Happy New year!

I suppose remembering New Years Eves past is normal when you become old!  This morning I'm remembering with awe what I did every year  when I was still in the north.
I threw a party every New Years Eve...Cooking started in the morning until by  evening we had fully loaded tables.
Guests came from the school I taught at, the various dramatic groups I belonged to and all the neighbours in the small close we lived in.  Over the years they had all got to know each other quite well...friendships were formed and renewed at every party.
We danced until well past midnight but then as some people left a smaller group would sit around, guitars were produced like magic and we sang, everything from  Joan Baez, to Dylan plus some carols thrown in for good measure....
A quiet period was followed by the potato pies. You have to be a Lancastrian to appreciate these!
Anyone left then inevitably fell asleep whilst guitars were strummed and songs were hummed.
Now I am astounded by my energy......we left the clearing up till the morning .
New Years day was always through a haze of exhaustion.....but we were happy....
Couldn't do it now!
I am sure I have posted this before but it still hold good!

I want to leave you with a  poem by Minnie Haskins,

I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year
'Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.'

And he replied, 'Go into the darkness and put your hand into the hand of God
That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way!'

So I went forth and finding the Hand of God
Trod gladly into the night

I hope we all are able to face the New Year safely holding God's hand.  Happy New Year to you all!

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