Isaiah 6:8

8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”

Thursday, December 31, 2015

What Are You Doing New Years, New Years Eve?

One of my favorite songs is by Dan Fogelburg and called Another Auld Lang Syne.  It reminds me of years one by before I was a wife and mother.  It is a reminiscent song about a past love and it has the most haunting tune.  The term Auld Lang Syne is from a poem written by Robert Burns in 1788.
"Auld Lang Syne" was set to the tune of a traditional folk song. It is well known in many countries, especially in the English-speaking world, its traditional use being to bid farewell to the old year at the stroke of midnight. By extension, it is also sung at funerals, graduations and as a farewell or ending to other occasions. The international Boy Scout youth movement, in many countries, uses it to close jamborees and other functions.The song's Scots title may be translated into standard English as "old long since", or more idiomatically, "long long ago", "days gone by" or "old times". Consequently, "For auld lang syne", as it appears in the first line of the chorus, might be loosely translated as "for (the sake of) old times".  The phrase "Auld Lang Syne" is also used in similar poems by Robert Ayton (1570–1638), Allan Ramsay (1686–1757), and James Watson (1711) as well as older folk songs predating Burns.  Matthew Fitt uses the phrase "In the days of auld lang syne" as the equivalent of "Once upon a time..." in his retelling of fairy tales in the Scots language.  When I was younger New Years Eve was an exciting time of partying and being with friends until late into the night.  Once I was a mother New Years Eve was spent with friends who had children.  We would go to one of the homes and play board games until midnight.  The kids would go to bed and we would move them to their own beds and tuck them away quietly.  After Empty Nest Syndrome arrived New Years Eve was spent having dinner with friends and home by 8, bed by 10.  It is funny how things change with the year.  This year we had dinner with a group of friends at a local restaurant.  We were home by 6:30 and Frank and I spent the rest of the evening watching football and coloring in our new Adult Coloring books.  So....What did you do New Years Eve?

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