Reflections On New Year’s Eve


Tonight at the stroke of midnight we will welcome a new year.

Out with the old.

In with the new.

It is a time to look backward at the old year as we look forward to a new one.

At the same time millions of us will sing Auld Lang Syne, pretending for yet another year we really know  what we are singing and what the words really mean.

“Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And auld lang syne?

   “For auld lang syne, my dear,
   For auld lang syne.
   We’ll take a cup o’ kindness yet,
   For auld lang syne.”

Today through the magic of the internet I actually found an interpretation of the words which gives new depth and meaning to the song. Or at least for me it did. Maybe this is because a few weeks ago a much beloved friend of mine died and I have been just a bit introspective since.

From Scotland’s Enchanting Kingdom and reprinted here with permission from May Cropley is a translation of the first stanza of the song  from old English into more modern English. This gave me a better idea of the sentiment of the song.

Should old acquaintances be forgotten,
And never be remembered?
Should old acquaintances be forgotten,
And the days long ago they shared?


For days now long ago, my dear,
For days now long ago,
We’ll drink a toast of kind remembrance,
For days now long ago.

I encourage you to visit May’s website and learn more about Auld Lang Syne and Scotland. 

As this year comes to a close I know I will never see or talk to my good friend of over 20 years again. This saddens me. But I will remember what a great friend he was and how he touched my heart and my soul. And that will always make me smile. So tonight I will be drinking a toast of “kind remembrance for days now long ago” for a true and beautiful friend.

But New Years is not just about the losses of the past year. It is also about the good that  remains of years past  as well as the beginning of a new year with new possibilities.

So tonight I will also be drinking a toast to my dear long time friends: Marilyn, RobertaS., Janet, Barb, Dru, Julie, Leslie, David, Carol, Karen, Howard, Mariruth, and Floyd & Betty. Thank you for your friendship that means so much and made the past year so delightful!

And I will be drinking a toast to my new acquaintances, you, MTTD readers.  I don’t know most of your names. But I know you are there; about 600+ of you every day.  Your visits to More Thyme have made this past year a joy for me and I look forward to 2012 because I hope you will continue to be a part of it.  And I want you to know that I will work very hard to make More Thyme the kind of place you will want to come back to often. Tonight I will drink a toast to you with wishes of  good luck and prosperity to you and your loved ones.

And last, but not least, to all of the good friends I have met on Twitter, you have made me laugh, some times brought a tear to my eye with your posts, and taught me  a lot about cooking and blogging too. I have not met most of you. Yet you are as dear to me as friends I have know for years. So on this New Year’s Eve I also drink a toast to all of you.

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

Mark Twain

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4 comments to Reflections On New Year’s Eve

  • Ivy

    Happy New Year Roberta! Thank you for this wonderful website, your joyous and uplifting personality, and your zest for life. Thank you for being my friend, and for sharing with everyone your love and talent for cooking. May 2012 bless us all!

    • Roberta

      Thank you for the very kind words, Ivy. You are very sweet. I hope you have a marvelous New Year filled with joy, love, and prosperity. Blessings.

  • Yes, those are probably resolutions I can keep.

    The beef saute looks yummy. I just ordered a bunch of grass-fed beef from a local farmer. Interestingly, it’s not really any more expensive than what you’d get from a store (albeit more of a Whole Foods type store than a Fred Meyer :D). I’ll be hunting for some good recipes when it comes.