There is something about the song, “Auld Lang Syne” that strikes a chord in the hardest heart.
You don’t have to understand the words to understand the meaning behind them.
“Should old acquaintance be forgot and days of auld lang syne?”
Every new year since Dominic left us my heart screams, “NO!” in answer to that question. We CAN’T forget!
But we do. No matter how carefully I mine the memories, I find the details beginning to escape me.
I have boxes of photographs but even nearly five years out I find some of them too hard to look through. When I see the innocent laughing eyes in pictures of six year old Dominic it breaks my heart. Why oh why was I worried about so many things other than simply experiencing life in the moment?
But then I bring my heart back to reality and sternly tell myself that I had no idea what the future held.
And that’s really the crux of it, isn’t it?
We don’t know what tomorrow will bring. We plot and plan and hope and dream but in the end we have very little control over how our story ultimately plays out.
So we are left each New Year’s Eve with some good memories, some not so good ones and some we cling to like gold from a treasure chest because they are all we have.
Should auld acquaintance be forgot and days of auld lang syne?
As long as this heart beats.
I will not forget.