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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Old Year Resolutions

"For last year's words belong to last year's language
And next year's words await another voice.
And to make an end is to make a beginning."
-T.S. Eliot

"Have you made any resolutions?"
Mater posed the question as we perched on the brink of a new year. I admitted that I had, indeed, made some sincere commitments, one of which included the consumption of tea without sugar.
Astonished she was, and thoroughly disbelieving, as she knows well how much I like sugar in my tea; but I assured her that it was my honest intention.
"That being said," I said, "I don't have to suffer it for very long."
Mater, being curious, wished to know exactly why.
This was the truth: the aforementioned vow arrived too late to be of any use. It was a new year resolution, yes, but belonged exclusively to the year just passing, and as a happy result the first day of January would see a clean page upon which I might write another resolution while I drink my sweetened beverage.
Crafty, certainly, but utterly convenient. I highly recommend the last-minute addition of resolutions on the very last day of the year, rendering said promise null and void within mere hours.
I enjoy a bit of sugar in my tea, and I loathe the red tape of self obligation, considering it a dull and joyless way to begin what might turn out to be a lovely year.
Happy 2009 to all.


Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Oh, every day is full of resolutions. No need for yearly ones!!

All the best to you for a most Happy and Healthy New Year!!

Pappy said...

A mean streak and tricky too. Who would have imagined? Have a great New Year with your new resolutions. Pappy

julochka said...

oh you really made me laugh. what a lovely way to make resolutions. i too definitely wouldn't want to do without sugar in my tea. :-)

happy new year to you!!!


Pauline said...

that's a crafty approach - wish I'd read this post two days ago!

happy new year!

Phyllis Hunt McGowan said...

Pamela, it's true- the year is a battle anyway so no need to make it harder ;)

Texican, I'm only mean when it comes the withhold of sugar in my tea, honestly.

Julie, tea is one of the few things I enjoy without guilt or worry, and I won't be cutting sugar until, let's see... late 2009 ;)

Pauline, it certainly answered Mater's question about my resolutions, anyhow!

Happy new year to everybody. I have much hope for 2009.

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