“Hope Smiles from the threshold of the year to come, Whispering ‘it will be happier’…”
Well here we are, the last day of 2013. In not too many hours we begin again. While I do have plans to make this next year as good as I can I only have one wish and that is that 2014 is one of the best years for us both.
I don’t know about you but I have a full day today. First I will spend an hour or two with my rehab trainer as I work my way back to normal health. Then after a few errands I will await the delivery of a new stove that will replace old faithful that gave its last gasps last week. The new one is an electronic, convection and do it all magic device at least that is what the sales lady told us.
And then of course we will participate in a traditional New Year’s Eve celebration. Ours will begin with a 9 PM (ST – senior time) dinner with close friends followed by a midnight celebration and then back home for a good night’s sleep. We will set our watches ahead four hours before we leave home so we are on senior time. Of course when we eat dinner everyone else will think it is five PM but we’ll be happy and we will celebrate midnight on both London time and senior time. Instead of a ball falling in Time’s Square we will be limited to a roll we mistakenly drop on the floor at the restaurant.
A New Year poem
“What can be said in New Year rhymes,
That’s not been said a thousand times?
The new years come, the old years go,
We know we dream, we dream we know.
We rise up laughing with the light,
We lie down weeping with the night.
We hug the world until it stings,
We curse it then and sigh for wings.
We live, we love, we woo, we wed,
We wreathe our prides, we sheet our dead.
We laugh, we weep, we hope, we fear,
And that’s the burden of a year.”
Ella Wheeler Wilcox
“Let this coming year be better than all the others. Vow to do some of the things you have always wanted to do but could not find the time. Call up a forgotten friend. Drop an old grudge, and replace it with some pleasant memories. Vow not to make a promise you do not think you can keep. Walk tall, and smile more. You will look 10 years younger. Do not be afraid to say, I love you. Say it again. They are the sweetest words in the world.”
Are you sick of making the same resolutions year after year that you never keep? Why not promise to do something you can actually accomplish? Here are some resolutions that you can use as a starting point:
Gain weight. At least 30 pounds.
Stop exercising. Waste of time.
Read less. Makes you think.
Watch more TV. I’ve been missing some good stuff.
Procrastinate more. Starting tomorrow.
Don’t date any of the Baywatch cast.
Start being superstitious.
A Jewish Prayer for the New Year
May we get a clean bill of health from our dentist, our psychiatrist, our ophthalmologist, our cardiologist, our gastroenterologist, our urologist, our proctologist, our gynecologist, our podiatrist, our plumber and the IRS.
May our hair, our teeth, our facelift, our abs, our honey cakes, and our stocks not fall and may our blood pressure, our triglycerides, our cholesterol, our white blood count, our weight and our mortgage interest rates not rise.
May we find a way to travel from anywhere to anywhere in the rush hour in less than an hour and when we get there, may we find a parking space.
May we be awestruck by God’s sense of humor as we realize that a professional wrestler could have become president of the United States and that an Orthodox Jew has risen to prominence in American politics while remaining true to his Jewish roots. It is my belief that God’s joyous humor is the reason he really does not want us to touch our toes while exercising or he would have put them further up our bodies; and, the reason so many of us take up jogging is to hear heavy breathing again.
May what we see in the mirror delight us and what others see in us, delight them. May someone, as well as God, love us enough to forgive our faults, be blind to our blemishes and tell the world about our virtues.
May the telemarketers wait until after we finish dinner to call us. May our checkbooks and budgets balance and may they include generous amounts for charity.
May we remember to say “I love you” at least once a day to our spouse, our child, our parent, all of our significant others but not our boss, our intern, our nurse, our masseur, our hairdresser or our tennis instructor.
And may the Messiah come this year, and if he does not, may we live as if he has, in a world at peace, with awareness of God’s love in every sunset, flower, baby’s smile, lover’s kiss, and every wonderful astonishing beat of our heart. May we smile and laugh throughout the year.
‘Twas the month after Christmas, and all through the house
Not a garment would fit me, not even a blouse.
The cookies I’d nibble, the eggnog I’d taste
At those holiday parties went straight to my waist.
When I got on the scales there arose such a number!
I walked to the store (less a walk than a lumber)
And thought of the marvelous meals I’d prepared;
The gravies and sauces and beef nicely rared,
The wine and the rum balls, the bread and the cheese
And the way that I’d never said, “No thank you, please.”
When I put on my extra-large husband’s old shirt
And prepared once again to do batle with dirt–
I said to myself, as only I can,
“You can’t spend the winter disguised as a man!”
So–away with the last of the sour cream dip!
Go, fruitcake! Go, cookies! Go, cracker and chip!
Each last bit of food that I like must be banished
‘Till all the additional ounces have vanished.
I won’t have that ice cream, not even a lick;
I’ll chew only on a long celery stick.
I won’t have hot biscuits, or cornbread, or pie;
I’ll munch on a carrot and quietly cry.
I’m hungry, I’m lonesome, and life is a bore–
But isn’t that what January is for?
Unable to giggle, no longer a riot,
Happy New Year to all and to all a good diet!
Let the brand New Year discovers you fresher, happier, healthier, more joyful, more cheerful and more satisfied.
Here is wishing you a Happy New Year.
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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