December 26, 2012

Past New Year's bring back fond memories


We ate, and the rest of our day was spent resting, playing games and watching television. Then, perhaps, the neighbors would drop by to say “Happy New Year.” 

Life was just as uncertain then, in the 1950s, but we had just come out of a World War, and everybody was happy to be alive. It was a relatively good time to live. A lot is said about how good life was in that era, but there were people also grieving the loss of loved ones during the war and knew all too well how precious life really is.

We go on, day by day, minute by minute. Every time that second hand on the clock moves, that’s a second that will never come again.

As they say, when something ends, something else begins. This is true of the “old” 2012 and “the new” 2013. As this year becomes history, a new, unscathed canvas named 2013 is before us.

What will your canvas look like a year from now? Take one day at a time, and make the most of it, doing good wherever you can.

While soap operas are not something I indulge in, there is one called “Days of our Lives.” Its theme is “Like sand through the hourglass, so are the days of our lives.” No truer words have ever been spoken.

Time waits for no one. We have only this moment, nothing more. I am not so naïve to think that there is no pain, grief or heartache, but be encouraged and look for a new beginning.

Cheers to you and yours from our family for a very happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.

One last thought, as always, please be kind to each other. The world needs more kindness.

Susan Tobias lives in Plattsburgh with her husband, Toby. She has been a Press-Republican newsroom employee since 1977. The Tobiases have six children, 18 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. They enjoy traveling to Maine and Colorado, and in her spare time, Susan loves to research local history and genealogy. Reach her by email at

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