OPINION: No room for black-eyed peas on New Year’s agenda

“The only sure thing about luck is that it will change.”
– Wilson Mizner

“I have learned, that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”
– Henry David Thoreau

Ginna Parsons, Daily Journal food editor, once claimed black-eyed peas had an “earthy” taste.
From my perspective, she was way too kind in her reference to those legumes, long rumored to bring good luck and fortune to those who consume them on New Year’s Day.
Quite frankly, I think they taste like dirt, plain and simple.
My grandfather used to tell me I’d make a dollar in the coming year for every pea I ate on New Year’s Day.
Have mercy. I’d make myself sick just trying to eat enough to pay my mortgage. So, I’ll pass on the peas.
But I will take the advice of a friend in Vicksburg who encouraged me in her Christmas card to stay on my feet in 2010.
I’m absolutely sure she was referring to the big fall I had back in the summer that landed me in the emergency room for an hour or two.
Then there was the Labor Day attack by swarming yellow jackets and the pain they inflicted. And in early November, I had my very first car accident that rendered me very sore for several days.
I’m hoping the end of 2009 will also mean the end of my being a klutz.
For me, the arrival of a new year brings with it a good deal of reflection, on the year ending and what lies ahead.
Rather than make a lengthy list of things I’ll likely soon forget, I, instead, resolve to try my very best to make a few important things happen in the coming year.
– A few years ago, I picked up a copy of Dave Ramsey’s “Total Money Makeover.” It collected dust for a while and then I actually opened it.
Lots of what the financial guru said made sense; some, I chose to disregard.
In 2010, I’d like to create – and follow – a budget that will allow me to save more money for traveling.
– The year just ending was, for many reasons, a difficult one for lots of folks for whom I care. Marriages ended, death claimed loved ones, diagnoses brought fear. I will continue to work on being a supportive and ever-present friend.
– I’ll work harder to fill my day planner with people instead of unimportant things that steal time away from those people.
n I’ll work hard to make time to read good books.
– I’ll try to do at least one thing that drags me out of my comfort zone – no small feat for this shy girl.
– And as in years past, I’ll stay away from things that taste like dirt, lucky or not.
Especially black-eyed peas.
If you like them, eat a few for me.
And have a happy new year.

Contact Leslie Criss at (662) 678-1584 or leslie.criss@djournal.com.

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