Out with the old! In with the new! I haven’t stayed awake until midnight on New Year’s Eve since I got into trouble in West Tennessee.
My daughter and son-in-law had scheduled a lock-in for December 31. A lock-in is a giant party for the youth and their friends. They are “locked in” (not really) the church gym until the sun comes up. It’s an entire night of games, activities, music, pizza and lots of chocolate!
The kids love it. The youth leaders love it. The parent sponsors love it … until they start yawning … usually around 9:30 or 10:00.
I drove down to my daughter’s house to stay with my granddaughter who was four or five at the time. She wanted to stay up until midnight, so we did. We made party hats, ate anything we wanted to, played anything we wanted to, and had as much fun as two girls can!
At midnight we blew the horns, rang the bells, twisted the noisemakers, clacked the clackers and exploded poppers and pull-aparts all over the house. I laughed ‘til I cried. Then we went to bed. We were exhausted.
When my daughter came home the next morning — having had no sleep and too much junk food, having dealt with a gym full of teenagers all night, having cleaned up after all those teenagers, having expended every bit of energy she possessed plus some she borrowed from next week — she wasn’t laughing.
But she didn’t cry either as she surveyed the damage made by her two favorite girls, the ones she thought she could trust for a few hours alone. Oh, well!
“Sorry,” I said meekly. “The house is a mess.”
“Goodnight, Mom,” she sighed. With a dismissing wave of her hand she wandered dreamily off to the bedroom. I guess I wasn’t in as much trouble as I thought.
I love that girl! Happy New Year!
“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.” — Colossians 3:12-14 (NIV)