Just some thoughts:
AULD LANG SYNE
What will you be doing at twelve o’clock on this New Year’s Eve 2019?
“I mean should old acquaintances be forgotten? Does it mean that we should forget old acquaintances, or does it mean if we happened to forget them, we should remember them, which is not possible because we already forgot?”
(Billy Crystal, “When Harry Met Sally”)
The song we have come to associate with the ending of a year and the beginning of a new year is “Auld Lang Syne.” It had its beginnings from a poem written in 1788 by a Scottish poet, Robert Burns. It is one of the most often sung songs by English speaking people throughout the world for years. This song was first played in 1929 at the Roosevelt Hotel and later at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City by Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians. I’m just old enough to remember hearing that song on New Year’s Eve on our family radio. No, not television, radio.
“Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind”
Should old acquaintance be forget
,and days of o’lang syne
For auld lang syne, my dear, for auld lang syne,
We’ll take a cup of kindness yet,
for days of o’lang syne.”
Billy Crystal is one of my favorite comedians, actors and writers. To Billy and everyone else, let me answer your question. No, old acquaintance, old friends, old happenings, old times and old places they should never be forgotten.
Yesterday I made it a point to leave my coffee place and drive to the grave site of an old friend. I don’t know if people know when you visit their grave (I’d like to believe so) but I just want those folks and to also always remind myself, they are not forgotten.
So on this December 31st, 2019, before the New Year has broken I can assure you, you are not forgotten, as well as others from my past. I wish you the best in 2020. Can you believe we are saying that “2020.?”
Always and not just at New Year’s Eve may old acquaintance always be remembered and often brought to mind.
December 31st, 2019