Some people have asked me what the song “Auld Lang Syne” means. Essentially it means the old days, or the past, or long ago. The song starts out with a question. “Should auld acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind?” But it’s a rhetorical question. Yes. We are letting go of the old and bringing in the new. But our old acquaintances and friends should be remembered. Not forgotten. It’s a time to get together with them, or think of them, raise a toast to them, or even remember stories of the lives of the departed. It’s a time for memories as well as plans and hopes for the future.
It’s a Scottish song so old that Robert Burns said he didn’t write it. He just wrote it down. He had heard an old man sing it. But the melody and the half-understood lyrics evoke a sadness for things left behind, even as we go forward into the future.
I would like to take this opportunity to mention my blog friends (whom I’ve never met, but have grown fond of). Last year they were new friends. Now they are old friends because we have shared our thoughts and our interests.
Jo Ann – http://yeuxdebleu.livejournal.com/176906.html She has become a close friend in that unfathomable realm of cyberspace. We have found common ground on many subjects and expanded each others views and horizons. She is an intellectual who is interesting, funny, kind, and expressive. We met when she found my Il Volo post on Google. NOBODY knows more about Il Volo than Jo Ann. She’s got country boys here in Alabama listening to them. Also, she loves cats. And I love people who love cats. Thanks for a great year, Jo Ann. I’m looking forward to many more.
Chandler Swain – CHANDLER SWAIN REVIEWS – A Boston film critic, his reviews are original and unique, sometimes off-the-wall, and always entertaining. Every time I read his posts I come away with a new appreciation of film and all the hard work that goes into it. Or, on the other hand, what constitutes really sloppy work on someone’s part. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed hearing from him. His comments are always astute, and they open my eyes a little more on some of the films I’ve reviewed. Thanks, Chandler. Looking forward to another great year.
David Navarre – WE’RE NOT LOST, SERGEANT, WE’RE IN … FRANCE – for his patriotism and dedication to the military and veterans. He calls himself an amateur historian, and travels for speaking engagements on his favorite theme. He has made regular comments/likes on TheVillageSmith, and are always appreciated. I like to check in on his site periodically to read about the special stories and events going on with those who have sacrificed for our nation.
David J. Bauman – The Dad Poet – for his beautiful view on life through poetry and music and just talking. He lends his voice to the rhythm and soul of the poet and poem in public readings. Thank you for a great year. Don’t ever lose the heart you share with others. It makes you special to your readers and followers.
Susan – http://travelbug-susan.blogspot.com/ – for her wonderful pictures and travel stories. I nominated her for the bloggers award, only to learn she already had it and other awards, too. Which I missed the few hundred times Mike and I have visited her site. And they are posted right there in plain view. With me, if anything is in plain view, I usually miss it. She also shares our love of cats. I cracked up over her comment on my post “By A Whisker”. I like someone who lives life with a sense of humor and an eye for variety and beauty.
And to my family followers and commenters – I couldn’t do this without your support and encouragement.
And, of course, to all my followers, viewers, and just drive-by readers. There would be no Village Smith without you. Thanks for a year that has tripled my readership. I love writing. I love sharing. And I love reaching out to people. WordPress posted my year in review today and they say I have now heard from 134 countries. I didn’t even know there were that many.
So I will say – muchos gracias, danke, dankie, dank u, danke im Schweizer, tack, תודה, asante sana, xie xie (谢谢), آپ کا شکریہ, gomawo, grazie tanto, dehanyavad, salamat, شكرا, merci, terima kasih, whakawhetai ki a koutou, go raibh maith agat, спасибо (spasibo), ありがとう (Arigatō), dziękuję, takk, teşekkür ederim, děkuji, kiitos, σας ευχαριστώ (sas ef̱charistó̱), köszönöm, mulțumesc, k̄hx k̄hxbkhuṇ khuṇ (k̄hx k̄hxbkhuṇ khuṇ), hvala, ďakujem, хвала, благодаря (blagodarya), спасибі (spasybi), ačiū, cảm ơn bạn, aitäh, তোমাকে ধন্যবাদ (tōmākē dhan’yabāda), paldies, nirringrazzjak, þakka þér, धन्यवाद (dhan’yavāda), Ви благодарам, დიდი მადლობა (didi madloba), Շնորհակալություն (Shnorhakalut’yun).
I have heard from every state in the union, but my heaviest readership comes from the great state of California. I loved California when I visited there with my mom, but didn’t know Californians would become my most avid readers. Thanks, California. And thanks to the good old USA. Happy New Year.