This morning I spent a moment foolishly wishing for something different. I wanted to go out. I wanted to be childless so that I could go out. I couldn't remember the last time we celebrated New Year's with a crowd of people, and I felt quite deprived.
Of course my past included few truly fun New Year's moments. I had a wonderful time celebrating First Night in Boston with my friend Wil. We walked the streets of Boston, freezing with only a silver flask filled with 100 year old Scotch to keep us warm. We watched dancers in the store windows, and bands playing on the corner. We made it back to his condo to watch the fireworks at midnight from his roof. On the following night, we went to a party where I got to drink real Irish whiskey, and made out with a stranger thanks to an orange stuffed with cloves.
This year topped that...and it was wonderful unexpected. We played in the park all afternoon. We swung. We saw a hawk. We swung. We ran around playing ponies. We ate Mexican food at one of our favorite restaurants. We came home. We received an surprise IM visit from a loved friend. We drank wine. We played. The kids went insane at one point. At midnight we had a group hug and kiss. I realized at that moment that this was the most wonderful New Year's to date. I spent the whole day surrounded by love and by joy. These are the people who make my world spin now, and to spend the last day of an old year and the first seconds of a new one was a privilege and an honor.
Happy New Year's to my dear readers. You have become part of my community this year. You have inspired me and pushed me. Thank you. May 2008 be filled with joy, love, intensity, passion, and experience.