New Year's Eve Morning
The Clothing Bank is closed today. Your hearts were open this year, all year.
Thank you, our friends in 2011.
Thank you volunteers, partners, donors and the neighbors we serve, for your immeasurable kindnesses. Although it was a very rough year economically, we were privileged to take part in a symphony of compassion where many neighbors played different parts in a score of goodness.
We say "thank you" on behalf of the thousands of Marshfield residents you helped this year - a heartfelt "thank you" for helping however help was needed:
- Providing essential rides, clothing, guidance, budgeting.
- Sharing furniture, a referral, advice, professional services, a trade service, time.
- Listening with an open heart.
- Making phone calls to referral services and utility companies on behalf of our neighbors.
- Providing us with school supplies.
- Returning calls to each of "us" who needed a hand.
- You helped "us" - a town full of caring people - sleep better at night, knowing that you, our Sowing Seeds volunteers, were there to catch families falling between the cracks.
Oh, and you gave our children Christmas, joy, and brand new underwear! Thank you!
With this season we hope that everyone in our Sowing Seeds family has shared, created or recalled some happy memories. Thank you for the part you played in the well being of our community this year.
Many a tear is shed during the singing of "Auld Lang Syne." Many a question has been asked attempting to interpret the original intent of the words.
Jumping to the middle* we find:
All grief and sorrow takes the flight,
and speedily is gone;
The bright resemblance of thy face,
so fills this heart of mine;
Thanks for sharing your brightness in 2011. May your 2012 be filled with light, happiness, good health and a great community of love, comfort and joy.
Happy, Healthy, Joyful New Year all our friends and Friends!
One take on Auld Lang Syne's history: Washington Post article
From "It's a Wonderful Life": Auld Lang Syne
Take out your Kleenex and turn on your Victrola: Guy Lombardo and the Royal Canadians
Keep the Kleenex out: Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin
Generations keep it alive: Mariah Carey
and again: Red Hot Chili Peppers
and, more Kleenex, sung last year in memoriam: Susan Boyle
and here's your chance to sing along: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus
(Click "Show More" for their lyrics.)
Peace and Joy to You and All the Earth!