did i ever tell you about new year’s day?

nope, i sure didn’t.


so, new year’s day.

angelo and i brought in the new year by sleeping. riveting i know, but angelo was up at 4am new year’s eve and had to be up at 4am again on new year’s day, so staying up until 12am is usually a big fat FAIL! bringing in the new year by myself is not as exciting as it’s cracked up to be, so we sleep, and the new year arrives anyway.

don’t worry, that wasn’t what i’ve been meaning to tell you for the past 3.5 months. it gets better.

this year (well, the end of last year), the angelo’s dad decided that he needed a new year’s tradition. spilling cream on the kitchen floor (switzerland), making noise (poland), devouring 12 grapes (spain) and ringing a bell 108 times (japan) were not good enough for him. oh no, those in fact were pretty tame. no, the man decided that he needed to jump into the pool at noon on new year’s day, thus ensuring that there would be no more siblings for angelo. the angelo and his two brothers were jumping in too…no more grandchildren. also joining in the festivities would be the jerry…and the moira.

the place: in-law’s pool.

the players: steve (father-in-law), angelo, christopher, andrew (brothers-in-law), jerry and moira.

the pool temperature: fifty-five degrees farenheit. yeah. 55 degrees farenheit. that’s 13 degrees celsius.

the object is to jump in and swim to the other end.

the countdown began. the boys and girl awaited with a mixture of fear and excitement. noon came, and everyone jumped in…well…everyone except moira. we watched and cheered as the boys swam to the end of the pool. as soon as they made it, we hear a splash at the other end. we turn in time to see moira’s head disappear under the water only to return a split second later. the look on her face was pretty easy to read… “IT’S FUCKING COLD!”

she was scooped out of the water by her daddy and was quickly wrapped in a warm towel. it wasn’t a minute later when she uttered:

“i want to jump in again!”

but then, you really have to know moira to understand that that really wasn’t too shocking to hear from her. moira was a mermaid in her other life.

so grandpa volunteered to jump in with her again, and this time there was no hesitation on her part.

pictures can be found here.

happy new year.


5 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Dad on April 21, 2009 at 4:37 am

    I don’t think those were the words crossing her mind.

  2. Posted by Family of Blessings on April 21, 2009 at 6:06 am

    So, apparently the reference to no further children didn’t apply to Jerry as well? 🙂

  3. Posted by theerin on April 21, 2009 at 11:36 am

    ok, she was thinking “it’s cold! it’s cold! it’s cold!”

  4. Posted by theerin on April 21, 2009 at 11:37 am

    abigail-i was pretty sure the point had gotten across.

  5. […] soon after, angelo’s parents had a large in ground pool put in their backyard. we went down there when it was being filled up, and once again, moira couldn’t keep away from the water. she is the first one to start swimming at around easter, and is the last one to get out around thanksgiving. of course, let’s not forget new year’s day. […]

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