A typical invitation for New Year's Eve celebrations - two wine glasses in a near-hug, a half-drunk set of drums on one side and swaying silhouettes on the other, all drowning in the bright pink laser light coming from God knows where. The glaring typicality of design apart, I do wonder at the 'Couples Only' tag on most - sitting proudly in a bright multi-pointed star staring at you like a head-mistress out to discipline. Yes! It is for you dear stud who better have a girl around his arm to prove he is gentlemanly enough to enter the expensive portals. And for you too my dear little butterfly in a littler dress. And most of all, it is for me, a happily married mother of a 21-month-old bundle who they possibly cannot and do not want to accommodate, toilet trained or not! Very inviting indeed!
So, what do 30-something parents, who are a couple + 1 (or 2) on a night so synonymous with being all things adult (drinking and dancing and hopefully not driving) do to welcome a new year? Is it for us that television was invented in the first place? Is it for us that celebrities shake their glittery legs on stage to be watched from 8 pm-12 pm, commercials of Marie biscuits, Pampers and Life Insurance included? Well, it surely is for some of us that God sent maids from heaven's above, to rock our babies to sleep at home, as they kiss their spouses and hug another's to spread joyous new year wishes at 12 am on the dance floor. Boom! Lights off! There flies the confetti. And it's a Happy New Year! Hurrah!
What about wining and dining with family? Having a humble dinner with parents who we hardly meet? With relatives who we in times of need seek? With children who are otherwise busy with their own parties? Or how about getting the warmest blanket out in place of the sexiest black dress and watching our much-loved telly together, as a couple, with a +1 maybe!
A whole new Sun is about to rise for a completely new year. Think, who should see your first happy smile of 2013. Who should be with you to bring in another happy 365!