As I sit here contemplating my Navel, on this last day of 2016. I reflect on the past year and on New Years past.
As a child I have few recollections of New Years Eve or Hogmonay as they say in the land of my birth. This was confirmed in a conversation yesterday with one of my Grandkids.
Koan is 7 and I said to him well, tomorrow (today) is the last day of the year. What about that? He said “ I don’t go back to school until the end of the Christmas break”
I guess that is why I have no memory of early New Years as it did not really change anything, in my life. Fast forward as they say to my teen years and onwards. New years eve 1963/1964 I was at my Buddy Bob’s hoose in Peterhead. With my best pal from the army Melvin (aka Limey). We went to a dance at the North Eastern Hotel. I saw this stunning red head sitting with some other girls. Dare I ask her to dance? I did and I was hooked, smitten, in love as the saying goes. Alix Duthie was to become my wife and Mother of my children. That was a great New Years probably the best in my memory bank.
Life goes on despite New Years and I have spent them in Scotland, England, Germany, Egypt and Canada. Some were massive hangovers. Thankfully those days have passed. Some were going to bed by 10pm. ( a fact of later life ).
Never the less this past year has been tumultuous for the world, with wars, terrorism and the election of Donal Trump? The New Year 2017 should be extremely interesting on the political stages of the world.
Will peace ever come to Syria? Iraq? Will Terrorism be defeated, isis/daesh, al-quada, boko haram and any other ungodly gangs of terror. That would certainly make 2017 a wonderful year.
I looked up cartoons of Father Time handing over to the baby of the New Year perhaps political cartoons do cover the problems of the world.
Here they are for your viewing pleasure. I wish everyone a
HAPPY HEALTHY PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR 2017
New Years today > > > > > >
Ending this blurb with a happy note????
To all Family, Friends. and the entire world:: Lang May yer Lum reek
and for thos who may not know: A Scotticism is a phrase or word which is characteristic of dialects of the Scots language. … Lang may yer lum reek” (a Hogmanay greeting, implying “May you never be without fuel for your fire!”, but more literally translates to “Long may your chimney smoke!”)
and finally for your reading pleasure: 25 Scots sayings that will see you through life.
Old Tradition being resurrected:
See ya in 2017 God willing and the creek don’t rise.
Robby n Sasha in Nairn Scotland