While I’m not out on the razzle-dazzle, New Year’s Eve is a pretty big deal for me for a whole host of reasons. Lots of key things seem to have happened on New Year’s Eves over the years so it’s kind of etched in my heart.
I see New Year’s Eve as being like a book-end holding in all the moments from a particular year. I took a look at how I started 2016 here on Social Bridge and found that it was an urging to self to Smile more. I’ve tried and it does work reasonably well but forced smiles are no good! Here’s the post, just in case you want to have a read.
I made it my business to try and see the sunrise and the sunset of today and, of course, there was the Wishing Stone Ritual.
Here’s how the day looked when it greeted me down the beach:
There was a softness in the air that made it feel more like a Summer’s morning than the depths of Winter. I was surrounded by seagulls and I rather like this photo (that Dad would certainly have condemned to the ‘Dud’ category.) There’s something surreal about it New Year’s Eve can feel surreal:
Now to the Wishing Stones. I’m delighted to report that we are just back from the casting. I had gone out to Newtown Cove earlier in the day to collect the stones for everyone who had requested that I cast one for them. It was really nice to have the time to ‘browse’ on the shore and select the stones which I felt matched the people that I was picking them for. I placed them all in a little nook in the rocks as I collected them. You’d be amazed how particular stones pushed themselves forward as being suitable for the individuals I have come to know through ‘blogland.’ Here is a photo of the stash:
It was like the day got into a sulk at sunset time and it just clouded over and we had no dramatic sunset at all.
Tonight, son, Harry, and I went out to Newtown Cove and cast our own stones as well as those of people from all over the globe who had requested that I cast one for them. It was beyond magical. There was a poignant moment as I cast one in memory of our beloved Paul Curran, who died earlier in the year but who touched the hearts of so many of us here on WordPress. He adored the ocean and it felt so right to give his stone a little kiss of remembrance from us all.
So, the midnight hour is approaching here in Tramore and I would like to wish you all a very happy, healthy and peaceful 2017. Also, I would like to thank everyone who has been so supportive in 2016 in all sorts of different ways.
Finally, may I say, that I still think that we need to Smile, Smile, Smile as much as we can but always be true to ourselves and to others in those smiles. A sincere smile can light up a person’s day …
Here’s smiling at you as I raise my glass to 2017!
27 thoughts on “Bookends of the Year”
Happy New Year, Jean! I just found your blog a few days ago — so glad I did. I love the picture of the bird, very surreal. I too know the magic of stones! The Wishing Stones are a delightful tradition. Hope all you wishes come true 🙂
Thanks very much, Christine, and Happy New Year to you.
Which stone was mine? 🙂 I really like that blue one with the white on it>
How did you guess, Sandy?
Love the idea of Wishing Stones… Happy New Year to you, Jean!
Happy and peaceful New Year, Frances.
Happy New Year, Jean. Let it be a ‘grand’ year.
Thanks so much, Paula. I hope it’s good for you too.
A smile is an upside frown so if you have a choice a smile always wins…I love the pictures that you posted..the sea scene looks full of promise and hope..the seagull is saying “seize the moment”…the wishing rocks are the fulfillment of promises kept with wishes and hopes locked into them..Thank you for thinking of others as the old year has faded already into the past. A new one awaits us with anticipation of a better year to be filled with new memories.
Lovely of you to write with such feeling, Joni. I truly hope that 2017 works out well for you and your family.
Fabulous sunrise Jean – have a wonderful 2017 and many thanks for the wish.
My pleasure, Robin. Happiest of New Years to you.
I like that you mentioned Paul–thank you. I find myself sometimes looking for his unique responses before I remember he has passed this realm.
I know, Suz. I miss him a lot and he’s never far from my mind. I knew he’d love the wishing stone, just knew it.
Happiest of New years to you and your family Jean. I couldn’t agree more, this year I want to be around smilers. Every day and to number myself among them.
You certainly know how to make me smile!
I like the comparison to bookends. Smiles to you in 2017!
Hi CC, hope 2017 is full of great lines and pages for you.
One more “Happy New Year” to you — we’re socked in with fog, both last night and this morning, and I can’t help thinking of it as a metaphor for a murky (political) year ahead of us here in the US. Smiles are certainly needed this side of the Atlantic, so thank you!
We’ll manage. Must say I can’t stop thinking about bridge , the card game, in relation to US politics which affect us all.
Beautiful seascape and music video!
So glad you like them both.
A wonderful sunrise to greet the day Jean and a beautiful cache of wishing stones. I thought about you and the ritual on the day and I’m glad it was a special time.
It was as magical as always. Your stone had lots of interesting llines on it and felt like it was meant for you.
Oooh thank you Jean, I’d like to see where those lines take me this year 🙂
I’ve no doubt they’ll take you into depths of imagination you haven’t explored yet.