A new day, a new year and a chance for all of us to have a new beginning. It can't possibly get any better than that. I woke up this morning to the sound of rain tapping on the tin roof over my head. My first thought was how strange it is to be hearing that sound on New Years Day, instead of the silence I should be hearing as snow drifts down from the heavens. From those thoughts my mind turned to how fortunate and grateful I am to have that roof over my head, when there are so many people on this very day that has no roof to shelter them from the rain or snow.
I was up by 5:30 this morning and enjoyed a smidgen of quiet time, which I used sipping a cup of coffee, sending Birthday greetings to our now 18 year old granddaughter (Happy Birthday Brittany) and thinking about the New Year's resolutions that I won't be making. It didn't take me long to figure out that it was pointless to make lists every year of resolutions that I knew I would not keep. For instance, there were a lot of resolutions in my lifetime to quit smoking. I didn't quit, if anything the stress of even thinking about laying down those cigarettes and walking away from them, prompted me to smoke more. When my youngest grandson was born we spent a lot of time on the road, taking him back and forth for blood work to be done because he had jaundice when he came home from the hospital. What helped me give up smoking was looking at Seth through the car window one wet rainy day, while I stood outside puffing away. I asked myself how long was I going to allow a little tobacco stick to control my life and separate me from my grandchildren, children, and husband. So no resolutions from me on any given New Year's Day. What ever changes I need to make in my life will come when it is time for it to happen.
I do have the New Year's 'Good Luck' food cooking as I type. Since J.D. and I have been married, we get a double dose of Good Luck each year. I fix black eyed peas, rice and cornbread for my southern raised husband. For me, I fix that traditional northern menu of a pork roast, sauerkraut and mashed potatoes. Of course we eat a sampling of it all. You just can never have too much good luck.
As you dig into your New Year meal today, I hope along with the tasty food that will nourish your bodies, that you will receive a double helping of blessings. Happy New Year from our house to yours.