As we quickly approach the end of this year, it's time to begin thinking about New Year's Eve. Is this really a special night or is it a night that we like to think is special? To answer this question, I turn to It's Just Another New Year's Eve, a song written and sung by Barry Manilow. This song contains the following lyrics, "it's just another New Year's Eve, another night like all the rest."
How true is this? You may disagree and say that December 31st is a special night, ringing in the New Year, but the fact remains that when you wake up at 7:00am (or noon, if you’ve been out all night drinking) on January 1, 2009, ask yourself, will life still be the same? Will January 1st immediately bring peace on Earth? Will the stock market suddenly go up 10,000 points? Will Monkey close the shower curtain all they way so the bathroom doesn’t flood when she takes a shower? On January 1, 2009, the answers to these questions still remain the same; no, wishful thinking, and got a snorkel and fins that I can borrow?
As much as “it's just another New Year’s Eve, another night like all the rest” there is something different about this night. It’s a night when my little night owl (or should I say night Monkey) can stay up until midnight playing video games and be not reminded that it's way past her bedtime. It’s a night when I’m not being dragged out of bed if Daisy needs to go outside at 12:15am And it’s a night when Silverback Gorilla delights in rambling on and on and on . . . about the New Year’s Day Mummer’s Parade that he would go see as a little boy growing up in Philadelphia. From the stories he tells, I am glad that my New Year’s Day parade experiences as a child merely entailed lying on the sofa watching the Tournament of Roses parade on TV.
What will you do this New Year’s Eve? Will you be getting dressed up to go to a fancy party at a downtown hotel? Will you spend a quiet evening watching Dick Clark (our generation’s Guy Lombardo) in Time Square as we count down the minutes until the ball drops, marking the beginning of 2009? Or will this be “another night like all the rest”? Will you be snoring in the New Year, sound asleep in bed? Zzzzzzzzzz
However you decide to spend the final hours of 2008, enjoy and be safe. Please don’t drink and drive. On behalf of my family and friends, we wish you a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2009.And what is Auld Land Syne anyway?