Family Traditions

Today marks the beginning of another year.  Every year around this time I reflect on years past and think of resolutions that I plan to accomplish in the coming year.  This year was different.  I thought back to when I was a child and would bring in each New Year with my great-grandmother.  We’d watch the ball drop and I’d have a sip of champagne and pray with her.  The following day dinner was always the same greens, black-eyed peas and chitterlings.  This menu was to ensure that everyone had good luck and wealth in the coming year.  My grandmother died in 1996 and I can’t recall ever making or having this traditional meal since.  Every year my uncle would cook chitterlings for Christmas and I’d freeze mine in order to have them for the New Year but I never completed the meal that ensured good luck and wealth.  This year my uncle had a heart attack right after Christmas and I prayed for his recovery.  He has had a triple bypass surgery and this heart attack really scared us.  So instead of depending on him to make the chitterlings today I made my great-grandmother’s signature New Years meal.  I cooked greens, black-eyed peas, and chitterlings.  My kids loved the meal and although I never knew the meaning I decided to look it up.  The greens represent money, the black-eyed peas represent spiritual sight, and the chitterlings are for pigs that move forward when they eat.  I explained this to my children as they ate but did not explain that the idea of this meal came from my great-grandmother.  I am hoping that this year marks the beginning of an old tradition and that my children to will appreciate the wisdom instilled in me by my great-grandmother.  So I come into 2014 without resolutions but with knowledge.  My only desire is to remain happy in 2014..  I hope that with this I can just be a better person everyday and not just seek that at the beginning of a new year.  Blessings and Miracles to everyone in 2014..

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