Forget Me Not


Welcome to a Secret Subject Swap. This week 13 brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts.  Except I’m horrible at keeping secrets apparently and accidentally divulged my secret subject at the end of my last post.   Oops.  This is why we can’t have nice things…  Hopefully, no one noticed.  Fingers crossed.  I shall be super vigilant in the future to guard my secret better.  Pinky swear.

My not so “Secret Subject” is:

SHOULD old acquaintance be forgot?

It was submitted by:

I admit, I had no idea what I was going to do with this prompt.  Who am I kidding, I still don’t know.  All I know is that this song has been stuck in my head for two weeks, and I want it purged.  Completely.  Forever. I mostly just hum it though, because I don’t actually know the words.  Does anyone really?  I can’t even pronounce Auld Lang Syne.

One of my favorite movies of all time is “When Harry Met Sally” and I think Billy Crystal says it best…

Now I want to watch the movie.  Literally, like right now.  I’ll be back.  Eventually.

(2 hours and a day later)

I love that movie so much.  Okay, I’m back, did you miss me? See, I’m terrible at this question, I went 5 minutes and forgot about all of you.  Also, I almost died.  My blog post page was empty.  I had nothing.  So, I did what anyone would do, I found something to yell at my husband about.  I mean, honestly, why is he home in the middle of the day.  Interrupting my mojo.  Noisily chomping on those chips.  Smacking his lips, talking with his mouth full.  Mid yell, I accidentally suck down the iron pill I was dissolving under my tongue.  Choking, wheezing…dying.  Husband laughs.

(a few hours and a day later…cause recovering)

I love the Christmas season.  It’s definitely my favorite time of the year.  I mentioned in my last blog post (you know the one where I blurted out my secret subject…let it go already!) that I view the week following Christmas as a time to reflect and reminisce on the events of the past year.

So, should old acquaintance be forgot?



Every one you meet has the ability to impact your life in both big and small ways, whether or not the contact is brief, long-lasting or somewhere in between.  You should all be thanking the lady who waxes by eyebrows, otherwise they would be taking over the world, with Donald Trump’s hair. (mental note:  need to get that wax done asap).


It’s surprisingly difficult to take pics of your own eyebrows.  What should the eyes be doing!?  Do I close them?  Look up or look down? To the right or to the left?  Bah! It made me kinda cross-eyed and dizzy for a second.  I digress, and it wouldn’t be the first time nor the last.

(still more hours later)

Not everyone in our current life makes it into our future life.  Perhaps by choice or not.  Maybe there was a move, a new job, a marriage, an estrangement, a birth or a death, whatever the reason, people come and go from our lives, leaving an impression or an impact, sometimes positive, sometimes not.  Our experiences shape who we are and what we think or believe, not only about ourselves but the world around us.  The ending of one year and the start of a new one, should be a time to reflect on those memories and experiences and the people who helped shape them.  It is in our connections to others that we find a sense of unity and belonging.

At the end of the year, I reminisce on the past year with my family and friends.  I reflect on how our relationships have grown and evolved.  I navigate the choppy waters of my mistakes.  Believe me, there are many, sometimes quite painful lessons.  I don’t turn them over in my mind to simply relive or revive, but to accept and relinquish.  I use this time to forgive.  Whether it be to forgive myself or forgive others.  I celebrate the accomplishments and the milestones of friends and family, reveling also in my own.  Some things need to stay in the past, and a brand new year is the opportune time to move forward accepting the things you can’t change and anticipating the excitement of new adventures.

Auld Lang Syne carries both a mournful and hopeful tune.  Mournful in the sense that maybe some friends or loved ones are no longer with us.  Gone they might be, they are not forgotten.  We are hopeful in a future we can only imagine, surrounded by friends and loved ones, old and new, near and far.  Life is a journey.  It can be beautiful, tragic, challenging, rewarding and arduous, sometimes all at once.  We should surround ourselves with people who support us, bolster us, cheer us on, offer words of encouragement and provide refuge in a storm.

Auld Lang Syne reminds us to be thankful and wistful.  It is after all a wonderful life.

We received a Blessings Jar for Christmas from one of our favorite families with a note that said:

This January, start the year with an empty jar and fill it with notes about good things that happen.  Then, on New Year’s Eve, empty it and see what  amazing things happened that year.


We think our jar will runneth over ❤


Here are links to all the sites now featuring Secret Subject Swap posts.  Sit back, grab a cup, and check them all out. See you there:       Baking In A Tornado      Dinosaur Superhero Mommy        The Bergham Chronicles                            The Lieber Family Blog            Spatulas on Parade                               Rena’s World      Not That Sarah Michelle       Confessions of a part time working mom               Southern Belle Charm               Someone Else’s Genius                                       My Brain on Kids               Climaxed       The Angrivated Mom