I just love the beginning of each New Year; it is a freshly-cleaned slate given to us every 365 days in order to appreciate and make the most of the new beginning.
For many of us it means that it’s time to make new resolutions for self-improvement, such as eating healthier, exercising more and quitting bad habits. For some of us, it means letting go of the last year behind us and embracing the beauty of having a new year to look forward to.
“New” is such a cliché word to use when it comes to a new year, it is simply another year in the Gregorian calendar to behold life’s many possibilities. It is the dawn of a new era in life and love and all that those can bring us.
We have now been given another year on Mother Earth to continue to be our best selves and improve upon that which may need improvement. I have many resolutions that I’ve made based on self-improvement and letting go of the past, but,I prefer to think of them as “life resolutions” rather than New Year’s resolutions.
I was very fortunate to spend my New Year’s Eve celebrating with good friends and family at Ull’us; I played with my children in the open gym and regaled in their laughter and happy faces. I sat in the circle of hand drums with both of my babies, my husband and my Mama singing our traditional songs, and enjoyed some yummy desserts lovingly prepared by our generous community members. Mind you, my baby girl didn’t quite make it to midnight and we headed home early to sleep and my boy stayed behind to sing a few songs while Uncle Bobby strummed on the guitar; I heard they sang “Me and Bobby McGee” — I wish I were there to see that. He even won a brand new bike, which was one of the many door prizes that were given away to the lucky ticket holders. Thank you to the Lil’wat Recreation Department for this wonderful festive evening… you guys are the best!
It was so great to see so many of our community members all together socializing and having a great time bidding adieu to 2013, and lots of laughs and games and singing and dancing ensued. I listened to the car horns honking, the hoots and hollers of “Happy New Year!” and the fireworks that were blasting off while my sweet girl slept in the New Year.
I love the feeling of living in a small community, especially at this time of year; there’s so much shared joy in such close proximity to your own doorstep. There are so many greetings of “Happy New Year” said to us even as we just venture out to take care of such mundane tasks as to check the mail or take out the garbage.
The beauty of living in Lil’wat territory is that we all know each other, we all respect each other and we all love each other regardless if we’re related or not. Lil’wat in all its glory is during these special times when the holidays bring us all together to celebrate communally. Hugs are unabashedly given to our neighbours, cheerful hellos are delivered with each passer-by and each smile is sincerely given with glad tidings for a happy day to its receiver.
The beauty of small-town life is that we are all so close to each other that we are never alone in our bad times, there’s always someone there to be counted on for support, both moral and emotional. We help each other in any way we can and generously offer whatever we have to give. Another great event held by the Recreation Department was the community dinner for our bachelors where dinner was served and gifts were given. The generosity of this season is always boundless at home.