Sunday, January 1, 2012

Ending the first day

Life is full of firsts-- your first steps, first words, first bicycle. There is wonder that fills those moments-- I recall watching my first child take her first steps, say "mama" for the first time...     
as I brush those moments in memory my eyes brim with the uniqueness of the occasion but can never recapture them. They are butterfly moments, quickly fleeting in their occurence and recollected only in far off  fields of Forget-me-Nots brought briefly back to life with a smell, a flavor. 

 New Year's day is a unique opportunity to embrace the Today as a first. Did you smile when you made love for the first time this morning? Did you enjoy the first message of "Happy New Year" from your children? Did you treasure the first breath you took in this first day, the first sunset? 
This day is a day to cherish firsts.  
What firsts did you stow in your memory banks for the future? 

*Emily at Keeping Time stirred my thoughts on firsts with her lovely post on Japanese traditions for New Year's day. Wonderful pics accompanied the post so I encourage you to go say "hi." 


  1. A lovely post! We must cherish those firsts every day!

  2. Until we moved to Japan, I'd never really thought about treasuring each new first of the New Year, but I love the idea and I've tried to make that my focus this year, too.

    This was a lovely post, and thanks for the link-love! I'm honored! :)

    Happy New Year!

  3. I like the idea of cherishing each new first. Seeing the world with a child's wonder. That is so easy to lose in the hustle and bustle of life.

    Nice post, wonderful pictures.

  4. Right at this moment, I am cherishing my first night in my new apartment...sitting on the mattress on the beautiful hardwood floor, listening to music, drained from the move today but finally relaxing, surrounded by boxes and bags.. A new beginning, once again.

    Happy New Year to you Danette,

  5. The first time I had sex was amazing. The first time I ate a filet mignon was ...mmm delicious. Oh and scallops.

    The first time I had creme brulee...yowsa...nirvana.

    The first time I lost fifty pounds showed me I could do anything if I set my mind to it. Yep...gonna exercise today...get that blood a pumpin'...those calories burning.

  6. Lady Fi: Exactly right!

    Emily: Glad you enjoyed the post and thanks so much for the inspiration.

    Judie: It is a great way to address life, isn't it?

    Zella: Congratulations on moving in to your new place! I don't know if it will help you at all but it does me when I am in that dark place and feel there is nowhere to go, hanging on to the memory of those moments of bliss helps you get through the darkness. Not to say that we should be happy for the ugliness in life but there is a the paradox is that the dark moments help us to cherish the good.

    Michael: Go, man Go!

  7. I love your words on moments and memories and firsts, Danette. Very poetic and thought-provoking.

    I'm cherishing that we 1) get to stay where we live and 2) that this year will be filled with firsts.

    Happy 2012!

  8. Definitely the birth of my son. That is probably my own true first that I hold dearly right now. ;-)

    Happy New Year my friend! Here's to lots more writing and champagne and laughter along the way! *clink clink clink*

    May 2012 bring you everything you wish for!
    T xox

  9. Happy New Year to you, Danette!

  10. I always love the New Year...makes me feel hope!

  11. MPax: Thanks and I hope your year is filled with firsts!

    Talei: And the same to you (and to each of us who toil at our writing)! Cheers! *clink, clink*

    Sarah: Happy New Year to you and another wonderful year of writing!

    Trisha: Me too! There is an entire year stretched before us with new days to fill with writing and books and words! Cheers!

  12. I love your pictures.

    I don't think I did any firsts, but I spent it with my family, which was awesome.


  13. Glorious pictures. Great post theme. I guess blogging is full of firsts. The first post, the first commenter, the first follower, the first blog award, the first blogfest, the first winning challenge badge and blog prize.
    Happy New Year.


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