Thursday, January 2, 2014

Hope in black-eyed peas

I spent New Year's Eve with this guy. 

He's as sweet as they come, but he's still a pup and managed to swipe a role of TP while I was making dinner. But that's not all we did on NYE. I got to talk to some of my favorite people on the telephone as the clock struck midnight on the East Coast and again in Pacific Time. What did you all do? 

The real party for me begins on New Year's Day. I make a traditional meal of black-eyed peas and cornbread. Mama taught me that. I make a different recipe nearly ever year for the black-eyed peas, but I always make sure to eat them. 

My housemate has never heard of eating anything on January 1 for good luck. And I had to explain the tradition to her. 

Now I grew up on black-eyed peas; it's a favorite in the family among many other southern dishes. Mama made sure to instill southern tradition in us. In many circles, black-eyed peas are said to look like coins and are eaten for wealth and prosperity in the new year. They are often cooked with pork, because a pig roots forward, symbolic of moving forward in life. I can't say for certain that black-eyed peas have ever brought me good luck or prosperity. But I love a good tradition. 

As I reflect upon 2013, I can't help but remember that I accomplished some big goals and traveled to some fantastic places, and met some incredible people. I am thinking about what I hope for 2014. I haven't set any goals or resolutions yet. I don't know that I will. I do know that 2014 is going to bring some more travel, along with some more running and racing, and I hope it brings more opportunities to meet new people, as I continue to strive to live in community with others. 

What hopes do you have for 2014? 

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