31st Dec, 2009

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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Should auld acquaintence be forgot
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintence be forgot
In days of auld lang syne?

For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne.
We’ll raise a cup of kindess yet,
For auld lang syne!

We sing it every New Year’s Eve, to welcome in the new year. But do any of us know what it means? We at the Admiral wondered, so we started looking around. Auld lang syne is Scottish for “the good old days.” Literally, “old long since”. The words are Scottish, attributed to Robbie Burns, but the tune has been traced to an English composer. “Auld” is old. So – should old acquaintence be forgotten. The actual meaning of the song varies with both the words and the expert (check out the numerous words and meanings by googling the phrase “auld lang syne”) but it seems to be asking if, when these days are “old long since” we’ll forget the people we loved the most, and welcomed in this new year with. But it also seems to ask if we’ve forgotten other, equally well loved friends in the years that are already “old long since”. Either way, it’s reminding us to keep fresh and vital the most important things of all – connections to family and friends.

Here at the Admiral, we value those connections, and we are always happy to welcome first time guests in the hopes that they will become old and valued friends whom we look forward to seeing again and again over the years.

To those of our wonderful guests who are practically family, to those of our wonderful guests whom we’ve only just met, and to all of you whom we hope will become members of the Admiral’s far flung “family” of guests – repeat or not - we wish a happy and prosperous New Year rich in good friends and loving family.

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