So, tonight is New Year’s Eve. I am trying to make good on a new year’s resolution for 2012 with this blog. This night is often forgotten as the other Christmas Eve. As young children hold their breath in anticipation of the next morning for Christmas, New Year’s Eve seems almost magical. If the Mayans were still making calendars, the children would have been excited for the new thousand year calendar. There is also a mystery about what adults do. What happens at midnight that is so important?
I remember the first time I stayed up to midnight. It was 1999. There were fears that all of the electronics were going to stop working. Y2K was going to affect all of the computers. Life that we had come to know it was going to change. The news seemed to report nothing more. On New Year’s Eve, we watch the television all day. All around the world, people were ringing in the new millennium. There were different ways that every country seemed to celebrate the new year. There were people on the International Dateline who did some sort of ceremony on the water. France had the fireworks at the Eiffel Tower. And then, I caused trouble. I was sent to bed early. Nevertheless, I stayed up until midnight in my room which was right next to the room with the television. I beat the system.
It is amazing how exciting that was. Now, staying up until midnight is nothing. Midnight is the time that is perfect time to run to Wal-Mart. I really do not do that often, but the point still stands. Midnight is no big deal. I kinda of miss those days of excitement. This does not mean that I am going to bed early. I am staying up past midnight. Actually, I am going somewhere other than home to celebrate the new year. If Y2K comes looking for me, tell it to go back to the millennium.