Auld Lang Syne: Old Friends and New Beginnings

I’m Resolute on New Year’s Eve, 2011.  So much, in fact, that I offered to purchase a new house today — nearly 100 miles away.

The offer to purchase a home on the Wisconsin River, near Stevens Point, WI, is part of a change that I triggered 60 days ago, when I accepted a great new job at Sentry Insurance.  The new job is only 90 miles away– but its a whole new life for EVERYONE in my family: New home, new schools, new community, new friends, new opportunities — and a new cloud of uncertainty as we consider the good friends and the good life we’ll be leaving in De Forest, WI.

I’m the Christopher Columbus (“new world explorer”) of our small band. While my family finishes the 2011-2012 school year at home, I’m exploring the new community and laying the foundation for our move.  I’m currently leading two lives, in two places.

My current life transition “brings to mind” the 1711 Scottish poem by James Watson entitled Auld Lang Syne. The song is an uncertain celebration “for (the sake of) old times” and unknown beginnings. It’s an anthem for funerals, farewell parties, graduations and New Year’s Eve parties.

Should old acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind ?
Should old acquaintance be forgot, and old lang syne ?

For auld lang syne, my dear, for auld lang syne,
we’ll take a cup of kindness yet, for auld lang syne.

And surely you’ll buy your pint cup, and surely I’ll buy mine !
And we’ll take a cup o’ kindness yet, for auld lang syne.

We two have run about the slopes, and picked the daisies fine ;
But we’ve wandered many a weary foot, since auld lang syne.

We two have paddled in the stream, from morning sun till dine;
But seas between us broad have roared since auld lang syne.

And there’s a hand my trusty friend, and give us a hand o’ thine !
and we’ll take a right good-will draught, for auld lang syne.

Life pulls us apart in new directions. As it does so, we hold close to hands of friendship. We draw our strength from the familiar things around us before donning our coats, tugging our hats, gloving our hands and moving steadfast forward into darkness, wind, snow, and uncertainty.

Warmed by recent time among friends, our fears are (at least temporarily) set aside. We persevere with confidence.

A Sign of the Times (Square)

In 60 seconds the ball drops to change 2011 to 2012! Lady Gaga pushes the button to drop the glowing ball. The ball counts down from 60 seconds and when it is 2012 everyone goes insane and confetti drops!

 Credits: Written for the3six5. 365 days, 365 points of view.

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