Let's recall highlights of past years while welcoming the new one

NEIGHBORS

December 27, 1993|By CINDY PARR

New Year's Eve is the night we reminisce about our acquisition of one more year of experience in the game of life.

Friday evening, we will wave goodbye to 1993, then open our arms to welcome 1994.

New Year's Eve parties, both private and public, will be the symbol of a new beginning for many.

Be it a casual gathering of family and friends or a gala public event with the works, the night before New Year's Day brings new hope.

Maybe it's the hope of shedding a few unwanted pounds, quitting a bad habit, being a better person or pursuing a once forgotten dream.

Personally, I look at the coming of a new year as an opportunity to evaluate the events of the previous year.

"Was it a good year?" I'll ask myself. Luckily, I can say that, at last count, the good years far outnumbered what I would consider bad years.

With New Year's Eve just four days away, I am resolved not only to look toward the future, but to appreciate the past.

After all, without the past we wouldn't be the individuals we are.

I have always enjoyed sitting down with a few family albums to catch a glimpse of myself in younger days or to be reminded of a special relative who has passed away.

There are many and, even though they're gone, they are certainly not forgotten. Each one of them has touched my life and helped to make me the person I am today.

So here's a thought for everyone preparing to ring in the New Year -- when you stop to think about what lies ahead in 1994, take a moment to remember the highlights of years gone by.

Happy New Year.

* Before you toss all those Christmas cards you received this year, take a moment to read the following words of this unknown author who wrote "Good Thoughts for the Holiday:"

I have a list of folks I know all written in a book,

And every year at Christmas time I go and take a look

And that is when I realize that these names are a part

Not of the book they're written in, but of my very heart.

For each stands for someone who has crossed my path some time,

And in that meeting they've become the "Rhythm of the Rhyme."

And while it sounds fantastic for me to make this claim,

I really feel I am composed of each remembered name.

And while you may not be aware of any special link,

Just meeting you has shaped my life more than you can think,

For once you've met somebody, the years cannot erase

The memory of a pleasant word or a friendly face.

So never think my Christmas cards are just a mere routine

Of names upon a Christmas list forgotten in between.

For when I send a Christmas card that is addressed to you

It's because you're on that list of folks I'm indebted to.

For I am but a total of the many folks I've met,

And you happen to be one of those that I prefer not to forget

And whether I have known you for many years or few

In some way you have had a part in shaping things I do.

And every year when Christmas comes I realize anew

The BIGGEST GIFT THAT LIFE CAN GIVE IS MEETING FOLKS LIKE YOU.

L And may the spirit of Christmas that forever and ever endures

Leave its richest blessings in the heart of you and yours.

* Mark your calendar for Jan. 10 as the Westminster branch of the Carroll County Library will accept registration for preschool story time.

"Time For 2's" is a six-week program that will begin Jan. 26 and run through March 3.

Story times for 2-year-olds accompanied by a care-giver will be at 7 p.m. Wednesdays and 9:45 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Thursdays.

Story time for 3- to 5-year-olds with no kindergarten experience will begin Jan. 25 and run through March 2.

Times for the six-week session will be 9:45 a.m., 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Tuesdays. Times for Wednesdays will be 9:45 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

A new program, "Mother Goose Time," will be geared toward children up to 24 months old, accompanied by a care-giver. This program will run from Feb. 4-25.

"Mother Goose Time" will be held at 9:45 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Fridays.

Information: 848-4250.

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