Two weeks after the event, the only person left who’s interested in what I did for New Year’s Eve is my hairdresser.
Why on earth would I choose to spend a sober New Year with my nephews, niece and their father? She wants to know.
Fair question. I wondered the same thing when we got to the family fireworks only to discover there WERE NO RIDES. Followed by sulks and ungracious moans of boredom.
Unfazed, even, by the upturned hearts that kissed the sky.
“I’m going to send the little shits home after breakfast,” I complain to Ms over coffee the next morning.
She gently tells me how I CAN’T DO THAT on New Year’s Day. More sulks.
Instead, the offer is to take them to Scienceworks. As long as they eat all their breakfast. Which, luckily for them, they do.
But when it comes to getting dressed, anyone would think this is a new concept.
“I don’t want to brush my hair,” says one.
“I want to wear my onesie,” echo two.
“You can’t wear your onesie to Scienceworks, and we won’t be going anywhere without your hair brushed,” proclaims Almighty Aunt.
The middle one pipes up.
“But why? Sometimes, it’s nice just to be messy,” he says, one leg aimlessly kicking the air from the length of couch he’s claimed.
No denying he’s my nephew, I think, as Ms embarks on a long explanation about how, when we’re at home with people who know and love us, it’s okay to be messy. But out there, where people don’t know us, all they have to go on is how we look. And if you’re messy and smelly, they might not like you.
They might even be mean to you.
“I’m going to go get dressed,” he says. And they all shuffle off to find the hairbrush.
And therein lies the answer. Make the most of them while they still want to be socialised (plenty of time for drinking after that…).
What’s the worst thing you’ve ever done on New Year’s Eve?