Wednesday, December 31, 2008

To You and Yours

What with differing time zones its difficult to judge a time to post a New Year's greeting. Given that Sheila's in Australia, Bev's in India, Jack's in Beijing and Kev's in Vancouver - covers most time zones - I thought I better get it posted now. Being a tradionalist I want to toast you all in Robbie Burn's old New Year's Anthem.

Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind ?
Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and old times since ?

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.


Robbie Burns - 1788

Perhaps for the first time I understood the words of the fourth verse - we are separated by broad seas from so many of our dear friends and family and we miss them all.

Along with a Scottish song I give all of you an old Irish wish that my mother always spoke on New Year's Eve:
My one true wish for you and yours
Is all you wish yourself.
Buon anno - Happy New Year's - Bonne année


evilganome said...

Let me wish you and Laurent both a very happy new year filled with many a good thing.

Doralong said...

All good things to you and Laurent in the coming year dear friend. And I adored the bears at the symphony, you made me smile, as always.

yellowdog granny said...

happiest of new years from ole yeller dog in west, by goddess, texas.

lotusgreen said...

happy new year!

Blake said...

Where is Guy Lombardo when you want to hear him? Now that I am older I miss the Waldorf Astoria and Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians. Now we have Ryan Seacrest! Wishing you and Laurent from the cold Capital of Canada all the best in 2009.

Sling said...

It's exactly 40 minutes 'till New Years here in O-Town!
You Continental kids always gotta be first..Happy new Year Will. :)