Auld Lang What?
Updated: Jan 3
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot, and auld lang syne?
For auld lang syne, my jo, for auld lang syne, we'll tak' a cup o' kindness yet, for auld lang syne.
- from Auld Lang Syne by Robert Burns
Auld Lang Syne means 'for the sake of old times.' This song so perfectly encapsulates this time of year and a business built on memories! It's a new year. We're looking ahead and excited at what 2021 will bring. But we're also reflective, looking back on the past year(s) and perhaps missing times and people no longer here.
This calls for a good story.
Since launching this business in 2015, I've spent a good chunk of time educating people on the power and significance of everyday stories. Not huge, sweeping, life-altering events, but the small and seemingly insignificant details that taken as a whole, paint a much larger picture. These moments give us a real sense of our loved ones, what type of family they come from, and how they came to be the people we know today. We all have within us everything we need for a good story.
Perhaps it's time to write about your family traditions that have been passed down through the years, from making tamales with Abuela to playing baseball with Pops. Simple stories about what was served at dinnertime, what your childhood bedroom looked like, and who were your friends at different stages of life. These are stories worth saving.
Maybe this is the year to take on that photo organization project you've been putting off. (We have someone who can help with that.) Or sit down with Mom and Dad and ask them about their childhood. Heck, start your own memoir. It's 2021--a new chapter ready for new memories to be made, but also a chance to preserve some old ones. Do it for Auld Lang Syne.