Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year

    For some strange reason when I think of goodbyes, especially to the old year, I think of The Sound of Music, when the family says goodbye in that song that sticks in our minds, sometimes not even welcome.  

     Yet it is poignant, that song, full of the grief of leaving something loved, that will not be re-visited.  In part, it says "So long, farewell/Auf Wiedersehen, goodnight/I hate to go and leave this pretty sight,” and later "I leave and heave/A sigh and say goodbye".

Goodbye 2011; it's been a year of surprises, wonderful things, and those not so much.  I will remember.  

        And then, I love Rainer Maria Rilke's thoughts:

       "And now let us welcome the New Year full of things that have never been."  

         Happy New Year Everyone!

7 comments:

  1. I think of the new year as more of a "hello" than a "good-bye". I'd rather look forward to new adventures. Happy New Year! Let the adventures begin!

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  2. How funny that you posted about the Sound of Music; my husband and I just got home from watching a "retro screening" of it at our local movie theater! I'm sad to see this year go, as it was a pretty good one, but also excited for new things! Happy New Year!

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  3. Thanks Donna & Jennifer. I'm looking forward to the adventures & new things too!

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  4. Yay! You have a new look here in your blog too! Nice nice!! Love it. Happy Happy New Year dearest Linda. One of the highlights of my 2011 has been 'meeting you' online - here's to more kidlit adventures this 2012! :)

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  5. Love that quote...it's going in my new writer's notebook. And Happy New Year, Linda!

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  6. Happy New Year, Linda. I must admit that, although I often feel as you do about saying goodbye to a year, this year I am glad to close the door on what has been a difficult year. Hello, 2012!

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  7. I sing that song, too!

    Happy New Year!

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