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December 31, 2012

A New Year’s song and a memory

I’m wishing everyone a safe and joy-filled New Year’s Eve, and a healthy, prosperous, and happy 2013. I’m spending the last day of 2013 at my desk, an ABBA song running through my head. (As anyone who knows me can tell you, I love ABBA.)

The poignantly lovely “Happy New Year” was originally entitled “Daddy, Don’t Get Drunk on Christmas Day.” (Something I can’t quite imagine!) I was a little girl when the song first came out. I still remember buying the album it appeared on– my mother and I went to Musicland at Richmond Square Mall. It was 1980. I took the album home and read through the liner notes and then set the record on the turntable and pulled on my giant headphones.

This was always the most exciting moment– hearing the songs for the very first time. Even now, my heart flutters a bit just remembering it. I usually skipped past the Agnetha songs on my first go-through so I could hear all the Frida songs first. Frida was my idol.

When I finally settled in to listen to “Happy New Year,” I remember lying on the floor of my green room in Richmond, Indiana, wondering about all the things that lay ahead. As Agnetha sings: “It’s the end of a decade, in another ten years time, who can say what we’ll find, what lies waiting down the line, in the end of ’89…”

Back then, it was hard to envision a world past 1989, much less 1999, 2009… I had no idea what was in store or what those years would bring– the joy, the sorrow, the loss, the love, the adventures, the struggles, the fun, the excitement. Where would I go? What would I be? As much as I dreamed of the future (as I longed to escape my small town), I could never have seen it all.

So here’s to joy, adventures, fun, excitement, and love in 2013. Happy New Year, everyone!