I have given up making resolutions that come with the new year ; I seldom keep them. I made one two weeks ago before the advent of 2012 and that was to see the positives in growing old, chronologically speaking that is. So today , the beginnning of the new year I am renewing my interest in seeing my advancing age as a wonderful event like the fireworks at Quidi Vidi Lake last night. They were spectacular!
I haven’t seen the New Year’s Fireworks in over twenty five years and it seems as though all the good forces in the universe came together to ensure that I would be there last night. The weather was perfect. The walking was easy ; no snow or ice. There were no obligations at home. And a friend of mine had the idea for us to go together. Everything was impromptu last night. Fresh tenderloins were in my refrigerator which is quite unusual. I had desserts on hand , good coffee to brew and a movie to entertain us in the early hours of the evening.
The only problem I had was that in the two hours we spent walking before the pyrotechnics began I got chilled. And we couldn’t even find a warm car engine to get close to. Eventually we came across a fire engine that was still running. I ran over to it, felt all round the outside but all I found was cold metal. We weren’t going to warm up on that. So we stood near the barracade that kept people back from the danger area and waited. Then a light bulb went on in my head . Perhaps there would be heat near the exhaust pipe of the truck. Back I went and to my absolute joy, there was a pipe on the side of the truck that was pumping out warmth. I squatted so that my posterior could get the full benefit since that was one area that was cold. And risking asphixiation I remained there till the first flare shot into the sky. Then the noise, colour and light took my mind off my chilled body and I was like a child , filled with wonder and excitement as the flashes whistles , pops and bang s filled my senses.
After a brief display we headed for home. I intended do some writing on my computer but once again I became aware of my chilled bones and got no relief till I snuggled under my electric blanket and thawed out. And was that fabulous. No spa could do better than that blanket. I was in heaven. It was a perfect New Years Eve.