Life of a Creative Mum


A New Kind of New Years Eve, yet again…
January 3, 2010, 12:07 am
Filed under: Creative Mum

For the first several decades of my life, at least since I was around 12 years old, New Years Eve was about celebrating, or working with people who were celebrating while secretly feeling like I was having more fun than they were!

Twenty-five years later it changed – the year I was six months pregnant. Morgan and I lay in bed in our Brooklyn apartment of one month, listening to NPR and the celebrations on the streets outside. Last year neither of us can really remember… we had to think hard before we reminded ourselves that we were at home, in the basement living room in which I had given birth to Harvey nine months earlier, watching Anderson Cooper and Cathy Griffin being somewhat strange. Harvey probably woke up a few times during the evening, and I may have missed the ball drop while nursing him back to sleep – again, I don’t really remember!

This year, we got to return somewhat to the world of celebrations – having been invited to perform the Gustafer Show at a local house party, more as a welcoming us to our new community up here in the Hudson Valley. A lot of other people there had young children, so we weren’t the only ones to have had to leave the party shortly after 9pm.

When we were home, we managed to stay awake until midnight and in the hour before the new year rolled in, I was able to create ANOTHER blog – a continuation of a project that I started 10 years ago and am determined to complete/continue – http://ayearintheday.blogspot.com.

In the year 2000 I took a photograph every day of the whole year, with disposable cameras, with the hope I might make it into a book. Now I’m planning on melding the bookends of the decade together, by posting the photos from 2000 alongside the photos from 2010 (if I can find the box they are in!)

So, as midnight was seconds away, I ran upstairs to grab my phone and managed to be in front of the television in time to take my first photo of the day – I’d been quietly planning to do this for 9 years now, so I had to get the important first shot that I wanted!

If I have to see the ushering of the new year as an opportunity to re-evaluate my life, then making my expression of my creative thoughts a priority I think covers everything that I hope to achieve this year.

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