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It's déjà vu all over again (standard:Inspirational stories, 908 words)
Author: GodspenmanAdded: Jan 03 2010Views/Reads: 1568/839Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)
New Year's Day was filled with lots of excitement, plenty of grandchildren running around and enough food on the table to eliminate world hunger. Actually, it did eliminate my ravishing hunger, at least for the day.

New Year's Day was filled with lots of excitement, plenty of
grandchildren running around and enough food on the table to eliminate 
world hunger. Actually, it did eliminate my ravishing hunger, at least 
for the day. 

Both the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage and Yours Truly
simultaneously signed a deep sigh. My wife sat in her chair thinking 
and I, reclining in my chair musing. Believe me, we both had a lot to 
think about and muse over. 

The difference between thinking and musing is quite profound. Thinking
requires a lot of hard work while musing is closely related to amusing, 
although I am not quite sure about the connection. All I know is it 
takes less energy to muse than it does to think and I'm all for saving 

I had just gotten into a rather delightful muse when my wife made a very
startling announcement. 

"Well," she said most thoughtfully, "I guess this is the start of a
brand-new year." 

I was too deep into my muse to do more than grunt affirmatively. 

Then I began to think, which sapped me of a lot of energy at the time.
Although my wife was not wrong in her observation (she is never wrong 
about anything) she was not exactly right. However, being the man of 
the house, not to mention not having enough energy to put up a good 
front, I did not call her on it. But I thought on it some more. 

Everybody says this is a new year that has never been lived before. And
I would like to challenge that kind of thinking. I have an eerie 
feeling that I have been here before. 

I am not sure if my muse got mixed up with my thinking but at the end of
the exercise, I came to several startling conclusions. The biggest 
conclusion is there is nothing new about the New Year. 

Do not take my word for it, do some thinking on your own. Okay, it's a
little too early in the year to do heavy thinking so maybe some light 
musing might be more in order. 

If I remember correctly, and I must check last year's calendar, but
wasn't it January last year at this time? In fact, I think for the past 
couple thousand years there has always been a January. Nothing new 
about January. In my lifetime, I have seen 58 Januarys. At the time, 
everybody said it was new. What I want to know is, when does the 
newness wear off? When is somebody going to stand up and honestly say, 
"Welcome to another old year." 

Every time I have a birthday, people tell me I am a year older, but when
another January comes around people try to tell me it is new. I think 
this year I am going to insist on my birthday that people tell me I am 
getting newer and not older. 

Then, just as my muse was catching a second wind, I thought of some
other inconsistencies about this so-called New Year hoax. 

If I remember correctly, last January there were seven days in a week;
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. 
What I find rather strange is this new January has the same old days of 
the week. This is rather curious to me. Somebody is trying to sell me 
some old horse medicine for tea. 

Now, if the year 2010 is supposed to be a new year why does it carry
over the same old luggage of the old year? I think I smell a conspiracy 

For example, if you went to buy a brand-new 2010 car, you opened the
door, the hood and the trunk and everything was from a 2009 car, 
wouldn't you feel a little bit cheated? I know I would. 

Not only does this so-called new January have the same days of the week,
and you are not going to believe this one, it also carries the same 
numbers of the days. And, these numbers are still in the same order as 

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