For Auld Lang Syne

Blog 1548 – 12.14.2019

For Auld Lang Syne

Not just older folks, like myself, often experience a certain nostalgia that the dictionary defines as:

“a wistful desire to return in thought or in fact to a former time in one’s life, to one’s home or homeland, or to one’s family and friends; a sentimental yearning for the happiness of a former place or time:

a nostalgia for his college days.”

There are so many things that remind me of wonderful times in this adventure and as the Beatles sang so tenderly, “There are faces I remember all my life, though some have changed, some forever, not for better, some have gone on and some remain… in my life I love you more.”

I think that often the experience many call “deja vu” is perhaps just a tingle of a memory from a previous life experience, a haunting echo from the past. I am prepared for others to think that I am being fanciful or a bit poetic. All I know is that the further I go down this path, the more time I spend in this role, the more other parts and other roles come crowding in and not in a scary way, but in a nostalgic, sentimental sort of way.

Sometimes I longingly look forward to that “Cast Party” after this play is concluded where we can share another meal, another drink, another dance, another song together, another bit of “auld lang syne” with players that we have acted and played with throughout this and perhaps countless other lifetime productions.

When we feel that strum, that tugging, at our heart strings, we ought not to fear a coronary but to be grateful for all of the wonderful, wonderful moments not only in our relatively recent history, but histories long past, and other chapters of stories perhaps yet to come.

Same Old Lang Syne

Your friend and fellow traveler,

David White

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