I think last year was the first year EVER that we did not do something with someone! Ken just felt too crappy to go out or just even have someone over the watch a movie.
In all our years together we had always done something…..not necessarily anything too exciting….but just even playing cards or a game with friends or family….always something.
Over the years we’d had a few parties, sometimes rather impromptu ones…I think some of those were the best! For many years we’d get all dressed up and head to the golf course for a big gala gala do. Those were fun, lots of dancing….not one of Ken’s fav things to do, but he would get up quite a bit on those nights.
One year, the kids got a Wii for Christmas….we had a bunch of people over and played that…..bowling was something we could all do…so much fun, the odd lamp knocked over or clonking the TV because they’d gotten too close…..you could really get into it…..just like real bowling!
When the kids were little, quite often is was neighbourhood parties or get togethers. Everyone would have fun….banging pots and pans at midnight, the odd time someone would have gotten some fireworks or firecrackers to set off.
Some years, we’d get a bunch of people together and head out to a restaurant for dinner then back to someones house to do whatever…..or we’d be at someone house and order a ton of Chinese around 9PM….
It just always seemed to me that News Years should be celebrated, somehow and with other people……last year, was different, very different. It was really quiet…..I think we watched a couple of movies, midnight came and went with a hug and kiss and a wish for a much better 2014. Which, of course, was not to be!
It wasn’t a bad New Years Eve, just different……it just seemed like any other night. I don’t remember what we did for dinner….I know we didn’t go out but did I make something special?? I don’t know, but I hope I did.
Who knew what the new year would bring…..or maybe we did deep in our hearts….
This year I’m going to the neighbours…..I think there are six of us going for dinner first then back to their place to play a couple games…and EAT yet more food! I’ve got a bottle of champagne to crack open at midnight. It will be fun, I know it will….we’ll definitely laugh and have a good time. It’ll be another first and thankfully just about the last of the “firsts” to get through. Are they any easier when they’re “seconds”??? We’ll all hug and kiss as usual…..you always find for your spouse to give that first kiss of the year too…..not this time for me.
This is the new normal…. what was is gone now, except for all the memories, of which there are many, many good ones that we have to cherish and be thankful for. Life goes on whether we like it or not….we have to make the best of it….we have to accept that and make our new normal, our new life, work. We can’t go back……
I hope everyone has a Happy New Year and I wish everyone the best for 2015!