Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Expectations

Dear 2007;

I hope this letter finds you well. I’m sorry we could not get acquainted earlier but I have been busy loafing around after my celebration of the end 2006. I don’t want to sound overly expectant as I’m sure a lot of people are but I’m eager to get to know what you have in store for me. Additionally I hope you don’t take this wrong but 2006 did a lot for me, and I was a little disappointed to see it had ended.

2006 saw the birth of my second daughter, a promotion and the beginning of a new affliction called blogging. 2007 you have quite a bit to live up to. Again, I hope you don’t take this the wrong way, but I have barely known you and you have already cost me money. That is to say, because of you, I have had to void a couple of checks with the old year in the date field. As you are no doubt aware, checks are not free! I hope you keep that in mind as you begin divvying out this years dividends!

As I look out over the new 2007 calendars I received from 2006 I don’t foresee a lot of changes. It is up to you, 2007, to make sure you are more than a few obscure Canadian holidays and a lot of bold print numbers. You need to offer more than just making sure that 29 follows 28. I know you’re just starting off now and don’t feel you have many responsibilities. People were very happy to see you a couple of days ago and they were cheering in the streets. Screaming your name and kissing their loved ones. Don’t let this go to your head.

Celebrity is very fickle. Those same people will be cursing 2007 with only a few poor decisions on your part. There will be no party hats, no noisemakers and no confetti. There will be no tiny smoked sausages in an a bubbling Crockpot or a veggie platter with ranch dip. There will only be contempt, and the worst curse a year can get, rolling off of everyone’s tongue. “2007? I recall. Now that was a very bad year.” Following 2006 will not make your job any easier. 2006 was a very good year.

I’m not writing this to frighten you. I know that you are still quite young and innocent. I know that 2006 has laid some pretty large footprints down for you, but we all expect you can fill them properly. All I’m asking for, from you is a little early thoughtfulness. With any luck 2007 could be a very good year.

Humbly yours,
Peter Brown
January 2006 2007

12 comments:

J Crew said...

I'm not sure 07 can beat 06 considering the resume it has. Unless you had a third child and another promotion, which is very possible.

SJ said...

06 was a great year - you are right, but I am excited about 07 (or as we are calling it with the Jr. High kids, "Mission 007". Glad 06 was great!!!! We feel blessed to have gotten to know so many wonderful friends in 06 - - -

Happy New Year and hoping 07 can be as great!

kludge said...

J Crew-

We shall see. I have high hopes for 07. I always love staring a new year with a clean slate and seeing how quickly it can get messed it up...sort of like watching racing for the crashes.

kludge said...

SJ-

Happy New Year!

"Mission 007", I like it. Nothing guns and martini's to get you in the right frame of mind!

Welcome back. I hope you have some good stories for us!

Ando said...

I don't know if it will be heaven in 07, but I can't wait for great 08.

kludge said...

Ando-

That was touching...thank you.

Your a poet and you didn't realize it.

Ando said...

Oh no, I was fully cognizent of my poetic prose.

Windy City Survivors said...

Wow, what a year you had! It will be fun to see if '07 lives up to your challenge. I'm trying to keep '07 low key. I want life to stay as it is for awhile, but only God knows what is in store.

Happy New Year!!!

Aunt Missy said...

I always find myself filled with hope and great expectation! Here's to being on the treadmill everyday so far this year......

Happy New Year!

Boston Love said...

Kludge,

2006 has been a very good year but I feel (I feel this way every year) that 2007 will go above and beyond my expectations. Hmm..it may not be in a good way as I hope.

Either way...welcome 2007...
dah-hoo-dooray... ;)

Karen said...

I wouldn't get too excited about 2007 because 2008 is waiting in the wings. You can bet your last late Christmas card that it will arrive at the most inapportune time, which is just when you become adjusted to writing 2007 and you finally get your 2006 calendar off the garage wall. Time is relative, said Einstein and 2008 will take full advantage.

Karen said...

Where the heck is the spellcheck for these "comments"??? The word is "inopportune". I never see the missed spelled words until I get the comment published and then ----whoosh--- it stands out like a zit on the face of the internet!