First Footing (and other firsts)
My grandmother used to pay attention to who first stepped over her threshold on the first day of the new year, claiming that person set the household’s luck for the coming year. This is likely based on the Scotts tradition of first-footing. For the best luck, Scottish tradition holds that the first person in your door after midnight should be male, tall, and dark-haired.
Grandma wasn’t that particular, apparently believing that family entering her house was luck enough (although the men of the family are tall and dark!).
Thinking about New Year’s traditions and all the first times to come for 2018 got me thinking about other firsts in my life and which ones I wouldn’t mind repeating. As I move into the new year and all I hope it brings, here are a few things I’d love to do for the first time all over again:
- Read certain books – Pride & Prejudice, Little House in the Big Woods, A Voice in the Wind (hmmm, I need to read that one again) . . . Oh, the joy of discovering beloved authors!
- Meet my husband. That was a pretty wonderful night full of first-time flutters.
- Taste chocolate. I don’t remember the first time for this one, but how wonderful would it be to discover really good chocolate now that I fully appreciate it?
- Be kissed–but this time I’d choose more wisely 😉
- Hold a book I wrote in my hands. Of course, holding the fourth book I wrote was pretty wonderful, too!
- See some of nature’s wonders–a spectacular sunset, a shooting star, a full moon tangled in the trees . . .
I’m eager to see what “firsts” I’ll encounter in the coming year. How about you–what first would you like to experience all over again?