With only a few hours left of 2010, I find myself feeling a little nostalgic about New Years’ gone by.
I’ve always enjoyed the turning of the calendar page. I think it symbolizes a new beginning and brings with it the chance to reflect on where the last twelve months have taken you. And of course, depending on your relationship status, it’s also an opportunity to celebrate romance. I now Open The Vault and take you back to various New Years’ long ago…
January 3, 2002
New York, NY
There was plenty of good in 2001. My move to the Midwest was rewarding in so many different ways. I finally found myself again, rediscovering life’s everyday joys for the first time since Mom’s death in ‘98.
A looong lull in my love life helped me learn how to be happy being single again. And then, when I least expected it, I found real love again.
January 2, 2003
New York, NY
I couldn’t let any more of 2003 go by without saying it started off in the most wonderful way. My most recent ex, Steve, came in from Ilinois. We hadn’t seen each other since his last visit in April, after which I broke up with him.
I wasn’t sure how we would be with each other after so many months apart. My worries proved to be unnecessary. For once, our ardor didn’t overtake the rest of our relationship.
And our reconciliatory kiss — WOW! It will go down, for me, in the pantheon of all-time greatest kisses. Long, lingering, full of desire and emotion.
“I’ve missed you,” Steve murmured when our lips eventually parted.
I feel so lucky that what we missed out on last new year’s, we more than made up for with this one. Sometimes, Cupid really hits his mark.
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January 1, 2004
I’m happy to say my evening with 3 married couples, 2 of whom are dear riends, was fun and festive — and that I only had a few moments of feeling painfully single. Of course, each new year seems to arrive with greater speed and 2004 is no different.
When I look back on 2003, I will always remember it as the year I decided to hang up my TV reporting hat and settle down here in New York. I cannot overstate how wonderful it is to be home, to know that I’m where I belong.
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It’s nice to still feel that, even as I entertain the possibility of moving sometime next year, I am right where I’m supposed to be. No better feeling to have as 2011 beckons.
Happy New Year all!