The original poem went through many translations. The direct translation of “Auld Lang Syne” is “old long since,” which we now interpret as “for days gone by” or “for the sake of old times.”
Over the years, I’ve watched the Times Square festivities on New Year’s Eve; but as the years passed, it seems more and more difficult to stay up until midnight, and I recognize fewer and fewer of the celebrities featured in the festivities. Dick Clark is the name I associate with New Year’s Eve. I’m of the “American Bandstand” age group, and so Dick Clark always brings back fun memories of learning how to “twist” and “stroll” by watching all the teenagers dance on his show.
Along with the New Year’s Eve celebration, the New Year’s Day Rose Bowl Parade is something I look forward to every year. I love the floats, but most of all I love the horses. There are always such beautiful groups riding their Arabians, Palominos, Friesians — and, best of all, the Clydesdales.
I was a little thrown off balance this year as the parade was not on New Year’s Day, but the wait until Monday was worth it.
For the past nine years, this holiday has had a special significance since my first grandchild was born on New Year’s Day. I had an extra bonus in that I was my daughter’s childbirth coach, so I was right there to see my granddaughter enter the world. It’s one thing to have the experience of giving birth and quite another to see a birth. Although another baby was the first New Year’s baby and got the prizes, a healthy baby girl was our best prize.
Since about 5 years old, my granddaughter has relished staying up until the ball drops on New Year’s Eve and celebrating her birthday right away. Some years we actually stay awake that long and some years we set an alarm to get up for the big occasion. This year was an alarm year, then back to bed and more celebrating all day long.
In elementary school, some of the teachers have the students create a bulletin board about themselves close to their birthdays. It’s called being “Star of the Week.” Students put pictures of their families and themselves along with a list of their favorite things like favorite food, favorite activity, etc.
My granddaughter did hers a week ago and, in preparation, we went on a hunt for pictures. Since I scrapbook, I have bundles of photos, more or less organized by dates and events. So, together we started going through the pictures and she picked out the ones she liked.
What an adventure that was! I quickly got off-task and started rambling through packets of photos. As I shuffled through the photos, I was amazed at the memories they brought back and realized without them I probably won’t be able to remember exactly how people look at different points in time, nor would I be able to remember some of the events. Since I enjoy taking pictures with my digital camera, my bundles are growing faster than my scrapbooking. Over a few days, our mission was accomplished and my granddaughter had all the pictures for her “Star of the Week” board.
As I enter into the New Year, I bring with me my bundles of photographs and memories galore of days gone by. It takes time to make memories and take pictures. I guess that it is a personal choice to hold on to these reminders of the past. I, like Robert Burns, believe it a worthy thing to toast these memories and go into the New Year ready to make some more.
So, instead of resolving to lose weight, exercise more and eat healthier, I am going to resolve to make memories and take pictures — so over and over I can return to “days gone by” and enjoy them again.
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— By Janice Beuschel, who can be contacted at her website, www.JaniceRBeuschel.com.