I can’t believe it: my parents stayed up until midnight! 2013 is a good number, so I think it will be a good year.
We even had champagne (well, sparkling wine), which was extremely hard to open, and my dad cracked up at how I yelped when he finally got the cork out. (Opening champagne is scary!!) We watched Mr. Bean’s Holiday earlier in the evening, and it was was the PERFECT New Year’s Eve movie. Great selection by my Mom, thanks to the Franklin County Library! I saw it in the theater with Dean when it came out, but didn’t remember it very well. We all laughed a lot, especially my mom and me.
At my suggestion, my dad and I played rummy while it was getting late, and I started off winning several games, but then he beat me for the rest of them! About 20 minutes before midnight, he cracked some pecans for us using ye olde family nutcracker that has been in the family for a long time (original source unknown; maybe it belonged to Erastus Blackmar!), because I asked him where we got it. My dad’s Aunt Maude gave it to him when he was a young man, either because she knew he liked nuts or because she thought he was nutty. I always remember us having it near the fireplace in the basement when I was a little in Maryland, near a big wooden bowl of nuts. I was allergic to nuts then; the only one I could eat was filberts, so I thought filberts were really special and named my red plastic rocking horse Filbert. I should take a picture of the nutcracker.
Shortly before midnight, people started setting off fireworks, and we went out on the porch to see if we could see them. It was pretty warm out, and we could see a few through the trees! We were outside when midnight arrived, to distant cheers and an extra-concentrated fireworks barrage. When we came in, we all hugged and Mom and Dad kissed and Dad and I kissed, and then they went to bed. :-)
I don’t want to go to sleep, so I’m wearing my Loki scarf and writing this, but I should go to bed because it’s 1:40 now and I’m going to get woken up by my parents banging around in the kitchen at 8-ish in the morning. It’s impossible to sleep late here! (If I’m lucky I can mostly ignore it and go back to sleep for a while.) People are setting of fireworks again now, for some random reason. Probably because it’s the south.
Oh yes, as a New Year thing, we opened our fortune cookies that Dean and I had left over from Char Koon and I brought and put in people’s Christmas stockings. Since Dean isn’t here, I opened his. His was, “Opportunities multiply as they are seized, they die when neglected.” Good one for Dean, and sounds like one of Jim Profit’s words of wisdom. Mine was, “Say hello to others. You will have a happier day.” Okay, I will try. Hello, others! Have a happy day and happy New Year!