Farewell, old year; we walk no more together;
I catch the sweetness of thy latest sigh...
Here in the dim light of a grey December
We part in smiles, and yet we met in tears;
Watching thy chilly dawn, I well remember...
~Sarah Doudney (1841–1926), "A Parting"
Well, Christmas has come and gone. Grateful for my wonderful family that helped lift my spirits this Season. Now we are about to begin a new year! I must say I'll be so glad for a fresh beginning. When I was a child I didn't like January ( you know, having to go back to school after Christmas break). Now I find I look forward to it. Everything but the tree is packed away before the 1st - I've always taken it down while watching the Rose Bowl Parade. Now that we no longer have t.v. I'll have to come up with another plan. Perhaps I'll just listen to some pretty music.
The new year holds such promise for bringing more beauty and peace into my world. I hope you will join me.
Happy New Year friends!