Last year at this time I can vividly remember saying to friends that I hoped 2005 would be a better year than 2004.
When I was a kid I remember my dad would bring home those paper and cellophane wrapped party hats. We’d stay up until midnight, grab some pots and pans from the kitchen, run outside and bang them as we welcomed the New Year. It helped that our neighbors were usually outside doing the same thing. But as the neighborhood kids got older, that tradition seemed to fall by the wayside.
As I became an adult, it was all about going to parties. The bigger the party, the better. If I woke up the next day and remembered what happened the previous night, well, then the party wasn’t nearly as big as it should have been.
Now New Year’s Eve is a toss-up. Some of the most fun have been quiet evenings with friends, or even family. Or, as it was one year, driving on a snow covered highway in Flagstaff, Arizona desperately trying to avoid crossing Elk - well, maybe that wasn’t fun, but it certainly was memorable.
I’m not sure what I’ll do this year. I’m grateful to have been invited to a couple of parties, and I may actually attend one. Or I might watch television and see Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve. After all, he’s been absent from the public eye for over a year and, well, I’m curious to see how he’s doing. I really do hope he’s doing well.
Or I might just spend the night contemplating the past year. So much happened in 2005 that I have trouble thinking of it as a really good year. But then again, thank God, I’m still here, my parents are still here and most of my friends are still around. The world is a little crazier, but I think most people recognize that, so maybe that’s a good thing too – that people recognize it, not that it’s crazier.
I hope 2006 is a good year. Do I hope it’s a better year than 2005? I don’t know that I can. Too much happens over the course of twelve months that I think it becomes a give and take and, after all, what would constitute a better year? So, in the end, was 2005 a better year than 2004? I don’t know that it was, and I don't know that it wasn't.
Happy New Year!