We Celebrate: Haibun

Foggy New Year

New Year’s Eve Day is foggy and warm. My husband and I eat Chinese food for dinner, our decades-old tradition. We drink champagne while we talk to our children and their spouses on Zoom. Our son-in-law’s parents join us, and it’s good to see them, too, after so long. We light the Shabbos candles and speak of what we’re grateful for—that we’re together, healthy, and that our pets are with us, too. This is what we celebrate—life going on, light in the darkness. Later, we say goodbye to 2021. Though 2022 seems scarcely better, who know what the future brings? The sun and moon still rise and set.
And there is champagne.

fog-obscured
river a mystery—
beckoning

For dVerse. Earlier today, I couldn’t get WP to work, and now there’s no problem. Oh, there are definitely WP gremlins!

67 thoughts on “We Celebrate: Haibun

  1. “My husband and I eat Chinese food for dinner”

    My family would do this too. I remember one Christmas we went into a Chinese restaurant and it was pretty empty lol. Mom and I joke that it’s a Jewish tradition (Chinese food on Christmas), but it really is for us!

    Also loved these few lines:

    “Though 2022 seems scarcely better, who know what the future brings? The sun and moon still rise and set.”

    It feels so comforting, that everything will be alright no matter what. A new day always comes. Really needed to read this today. ❤ This piece is beautifully and evocatively written, I just love it.

    And also this golden line:

    "And there is champagne."

    Always!

    • What a lovely comment, Lucy. Thank you so much. It’s funny, but we never did the Chinese food at Christmas. I think we did sometimes have lox and bagels though. 😏 I think our tradition just started as something we did with friends when we were first married, and then we continued it.
      I’m glad you felt comforted reading this. 💙
      Happy New Year!

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