The Border Collie Chronicles

Observations from (arguably) the World's Smartest Dogs;
(but, without question, the bestest friends!)
or, Life As We Understand It, as told from dad's shop.

Posted December 29, 2012


Old Father Time[i]

By Annie


This is just a brief, but deep, thought that came cruising around my ol’ noggin while reflecting on the holidays (many times, I have some really good ideas and insights, but being the youngest and smallest (and sometimes a little distant and anti-social) my thoughts are often overlooked and/or dismissed) .


Old Father TimeHow come it always seems that everyone spends their New Year’s celebrations welcoming Baby New Year[ii] instead of thanking and celebrating Old Father Time?  It seems to me, that around this time, every year, that everyone is so happy to welcome the Baby New Year – and I agree, it’s always exciting to look toward the new, the opportunities and adventures that await us on the upcoming horizon – not to mention getting to put away all of the “bad” stuff that happened in the past!


But, I think that sometimes, we ought to stop before kicking Old Father Time to the curb … don’t you reckon that it’d be kinda swell for Baby New Year and Old Father Time to spend some more time together so that he could relay as many of his hard earned life lessons, and that all of us should spend a little more time honoring and acknowledging where he’s been and the things that he has done for us.  Sure, there were some

tough times, some sad times, and maybe even some bad times, but

there were still MANY good times.


Life IS good!!!

So, I ask that as you ring in the New Year, that you definitely give pause to acknowledge and honor the year that was (and all of those before it)!  Wishing everyone a safe, happy, healthy, and prosperous 2013!  Auld Lang Syne[iii] to all ya’ll dudes and dudettes!



A New Year's Prayer

Lord, as the New Year dawns today

Help me to put my faults away.


Let me be big in little things;

Grant me the joy which friendship brings.


Keep me from selfishness and spite;

Let me be wise in what is right.


A happy New Year! Grant that I

May bring no tear to any eye.


When this New Year in time shall end

Let it be said I've played the friend,


Have lived and loved and labored here,

And made of it a happy year.


-Edgar A. Guest







I’m just saying …[iv]






[i] Father Time is usually depicted as an elderly bearded man, dressed in a robe and carrying a scythe and an hourglass or other timekeeping device.


[ii] The Baby New Year is a personification of the start of the New Year.  He symbolizes the "birth" of the next year, and that the "old" year is gone; in other words, a "rebirth".


[iii] Whish loosely means “for old times”.  The first verse and chorus are:


Should old acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind?
Should old acquaintance be forgot, and old
lang syne



For auld lang syne, my dear, for auld lang syne,
we'll take a cup of kindness yet, for auld lang syne


[iv] Lately the annoying expression “I’m just saying” — usually tacked to the end of what would be an otherwise thoughtless remark — keeps coming up in everyday conversation. We cannot escape.






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