A Childhood New Year


Country at HeartAs a child, I don't recall making New Year's resolutions. Actually, I believe those pledges are primarily for adults or grown-up kids. Even at 13, I didn't consider myself grown, so I had no reason to engage in adult behavior.

Now, as a child, we did celebrate the New Year, but not with resolutions and wishes and all of that. In my community, some believed that certain foods should be eaten on New Year's Day ... black-eyed peas and some kind of pork, like chitterlings or hogs maws. I wasn't particularly inclined toward any of them, especially chitterlings.

I probably did wish that no farmer would plant any more cotton or peas or cucumbers or peaches, and that someone would cut down all the pecan trees so we wouldn't have to harvest any more pecans during cold winter months. Unfortunately, none of those wishes came true.

When we girls met our friends at church or school, all we did was show off our new clothes and talk about what all we got for Christmas. We left the resolutions to the grown folks. We had more important things to talk about.

Happy New Year

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1/5/2014 11:19:36 AM

AG, we didn't really have any special things that were just for New Years when I grew up. My parents played cards with the neighbors until after midnight but that happened every week during the year so it was just another card playing night. Us kids played board games and ate food prepared for the game night. I never got into the party scene even as an adult. This last New Year my daughter (29) went to bed at 8:30pm (that was a shock) and Bradley my grandson fell asleep on the couch after watching two movies at 11:30pm (not a shock). As for me I raised my glass of sparkling grape juice and welcomed 2014 with gusto .... and then went to bed. Real exciting, huh. Well, after celebrating 66 new years, it's kind of lost the excitement. ***** Have a great new year day.

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