Auld Lang Syne
Typically sung at New Year’s, the song “Auld Lang Syne” signals the end of … something. The year. An occasion. Whatever. I’ve never quite understood the sentiment of the words: “Should old acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind?” It sounded to me like we were to forget the people who had meant so much to us as we moved forward in our life journey.
After doing a little detective work, I discovered that the question that launches the standard is rhetorical, which makes a lot more sense to me. After all, why would you want to forget those folks who meant so much to you?
This past Saturday’s Poly High School annual mixer was a perfect example of why it’s good to look back and not dismiss those in the past. Held at the Sagebrush Cantina in Calabasas, my high school’s annual mixer invites graduates of several years to come together in an informal manner to catch up with one another. I always make sure my “date” is fellow class of ’78 graduate and my best friend Amy because, well, she remembers everything and everybody.
This year’s mixer was particularly well attended. With few exceptions, just like almost everyone else my eyes were drawn to where the nametag was affixed on each person’s shirt or blouse. After all, it has been nearly 40 years (gulp!) since we were passing each other in the school’s hallways and some of us may have changed just a little.
I had a good time catching up with friends who were so important to me during my junior high and senior high school days. I found it interesting that most of the time on Saturday we didn’t talk about school days, but things that took place in the years since … kids, jobs, divorces … because none of us are frozen in time. For that I’m grateful and equally grateful that I can revisit those times with old friends.
“Should old acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind?” This girl votes, “No.”