Saturday, January 1, 2011
They didn't make it.
Staying awake until midnight, that is. I, myself, broke with a longstanding personal tradition and did not go to bed before 10:00, but actually stayed up with Una, eating cookies, drinking mock-champagne (white grape juice and seltzer) and watching episodes of Bless Me, Father (Christmas gift from my sister and brother-in-law---thank you!) until minutes before midnight. There was a countdown of the last 30 seconds, a quick embrace, and off to bed went this tired mama, to the sound of rain. No parties, no carousing neighbors, no fuss. The old year died a peaceful death, and the new year slipped into being as quietly as the Christ Child Himself slipped into the world. Just the way I like it.
A joyful and peaceful 2011 to you!