Saturday Smile: Happy New Year

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And days of auld lang syne? – Robert Burns

Though I’m rarely awake at midnight on New Year’s Eve to sing the above-referenced song, I think about it every year around this time. This was another song written by the mostly-gloomy Scottish poet Robert Burns. The phrase auld lang syne is roughly translated as for the sake of old times. In Scotland, singers join hands and stand in a circle, and during the last verse, they cross hands so that they are holding the other hands of their neighbors. At the end, they run to the center of the circle. In the United States, when the song is played at midnight on New Year’s Eve, most people are so drunk that they only hold hands to keep from falling down. Not me. I’m in bed.

As for what made me smile this week…..

A friend posted this the other day on Facebook, and it made me laugh out loud. As we reach the end of 2016, the time for making resolutions is imminent. I think I will start this way…..

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I would add the vacuum cleaner to the list.

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