Hope and Sugar Cones

Yesterday we tried to teach the children about traditions.  "Would you like to help me invent a New Year's tradition?" I asked Thalia. "Something special we do as a family every year that helps us symbolize and welcome the New Year?"

"Oh, yes," she responded quite quickly. "I would like to eat ice cream."

2009 was a tough year in a lot of ways. A great year in some ways, and then a year with challenges I never imagined we would have to overcome. But I have great hope for 2010. I feel a weight lifting, the promise of a new era; I feel the suggestion of closure and resolution and new beginnings in a very profound way.

This feeling seems to be a good way to start off the year, and I'm sticking to it.

Wishing you all peace and joy and love and happiness in 2010. And lots and lots of ice cream.

[photo: christmas angel]


Blogger just making my way said...

I think Thalia has the perfect idea.

I feel the same way about 2010, a real new beginning. Wishing you and yours the best for the year ahead!

1/1/10, 9:06 AM  
Anonymous Unplanned Cooking said...

I share her resolution.

1/1/10, 9:48 AM  
Blogger sarah doow said...

I like Thalia's thinking. Happy new year to you all!

1/1/10, 12:22 PM  
Anonymous Kami Lewis Levin said...

Ice cream is a great New Year's tradition. I used to live down the street from Uncle Louie G's...Anyhow, I like wiping slates clean, so here's to 2010. May it bring fewer trips to the pediatrician and more glasses of wine with friends.

1/1/10, 2:34 PM  
Blogger Lara said...

Awesome - wishing the same for you and yours. :)

1/1/10, 3:38 PM  
Anonymous Rebecca at Alice said...

Haha, cute tradition! I too feel that 2010 is going to be a good year. We're definitely on an upswing.. Cheers!

1/1/10, 3:43 PM  
Anonymous amy said...

Happy New Year!!

1/1/10, 4:32 PM  
Anonymous lexxity said...

I feel the same way about 2010. Like a huge weight has been lifted, that's never happened on New Years before. Weird.

Anyway I would like to wish you and your family a wonderful 2010 and thank you for your great blog.

1/1/10, 4:52 PM  
Blogger Mama Cas said...

That sounds like a very smart little girl you have. Happy New Year to you and yours....here's hoping 2010 has lots of ice cream in store.

1/1/10, 6:31 PM  
Blogger Fairly Odd Mother said...

Happy New Year to you and the family! More ice cream is an excellent idea.

1/1/10, 7:51 PM  
Anonymous Julie @ The Mom Slant said...

Ice cream is always a good idea. Glad to know you guys prefer sugar cones too.

1/1/10, 10:11 PM  
Blogger Amber said...

I can imagine no better tradition on any occasion than ice cream. That Thalia is one smart cookie ('n cream). Happy New Year!

1/1/10, 11:27 PM  
Blogger Boy Crazy said...

you can't go wrong starting a new decade off with a little ice cream.

Happy New Year, Liz.


1/1/10, 11:41 PM  
Anonymous maria from nj said...

Delurking to raise a glass to Thalia"s idea for a tradition. Thanks for the great posts and I wish the very best for all of you in 2010!

1/2/10, 12:25 AM  
Blogger Mad Woman said...

Now that's a resolution and tradition I can get on board with!

1/2/10, 1:27 AM  
Anonymous Jen Singer said...

I'm heading into my third year in remission from lymphoma, and I'm thinking that Thalia's resolution is the best one I've heard so far.

Happy New Year.

1/2/10, 11:56 AM  
Anonymous roo said...

Happy new year, to a beautiful lady who knows how to make others feel the same.

Best wishes to you and yours in 2010!

1/2/10, 5:51 PM  
Blogger Angie said...

Happy New Year!

May 2010 be a great year (and a great decade) for you!

1/2/10, 11:00 PM  
Anonymous Kate@And Then I Was a Mom said...

Happy 2010! And if ice cream is how you start the year, then wow. It can only be great,

1/3/10, 11:04 AM  
Blogger Jen @ Fat, Not Fluffy said...

Is it funny that even though I have an annual resolution to lose weight that I think ice cream is a great way to start off that resolution?

Because... you know, the whole "it's not a diet, it's a lifestyle change" comes with the fact that a life without ice cream (or pizza, or cake, or whatever your food vice of choice is) is not worth living!

Your daughter is a smart one. Takes after her mama, methinks.

1/3/10, 7:47 PM  
Anonymous 6512 and growing said...

Maybe if all the world leaders had more ice cream...

My resolution is to go to bed by 9pm at least 3 nights a week (because yes, I'm that cool).

1/3/10, 10:30 PM  
Anonymous saksham said...

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1/4/10, 4:20 AM  
Anonymous Rita Arens said...

Hmmm. Thalia and the little angel gave the exact same suggestion.

Hope your 2010 rocks your socks off.

1/4/10, 11:12 AM  
Blogger Magpie said...

Happy New Year. And ice cream!

1/4/10, 2:48 PM  
Blogger deb said...

See. I knew there was a reason I always read quietly here.
Ice cream .
if only life were that easy. Or maybe it can be sometimes.
Blessings to you and your loved ones. Thank you for such great writing.

1/4/10, 4:10 PM  
Blogger Haley-O said...

Happy New Year. I've heard this a lot -- even on the radio this morning: a lot of people are feeling like 2009 was really rough and are hopeful that 2010 will be better. :) Here's to that!

1/4/10, 9:45 PM  
Anonymous Sarah @ BecomingSarah.com said...

Ice cream sounds like a wonderful way to ring in the new year. I wouldn't have turned it down! =)

Happy new year to your family!

1/5/10, 11:05 AM  
Blogger Alyssa said...

Out of the mouth of babes...what a great tradition. I know my daughter would have most likely answered the same except she would want sprinkles. Wishing you and your loved ones a happy and healthy New Year

1/5/10, 1:40 PM  
Blogger Issas Crazy World said...

2010 should have way more ice cream. That is a goal I can live with.

1/5/10, 2:18 PM  
Blogger Baby Sweetness said...

Definitely agree on the ice cream. Maybe every day should be New Year's!

1/6/10, 11:47 AM  
Blogger Adventures In Babywearing said...

Unplanned, we started eating ice cream together as a family every night starting on New Year's Eve. The kids asked for it every night afterward and since we had some left over, we ate it, and it could very well turn into a tradition (definitely for NYE but I have to replace it with something healthier if we're going to do it nightly). However we're totally having ice cream tonight.


1/7/10, 12:34 PM  
Anonymous Amber said...

My three year old was excited for Chinese food so she could use her new pink chopsticks Santa was brilliant enough to put in her stocking. Though if ice cream had been an option, she would have much preferred that! Maybe next year we'll add it into the tradition :)

1/9/10, 2:35 PM  

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