Could be our new catch phrase for 2014

auld_lang_syneFor “Auld Lang Syne” could be our slogan, I guess, since so much of what we are about is being a resource for preserving the artifacts, ways, and ideas of Riverton.

The Scots poem written by Robert Burns in 1788 was eventually set to the tune of a traditional folk song.

Literally translated as “old long since,” or “old long ago,” “auld lang syne” has come to mean “the good old days.”

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,/And never brought to mind?/Should auld acquaintance be forgot,/And auld lang syne! 

The song begins with a question which asks whether one can forget the days that have gone by and the friends with whom those days have been spent.

The lyrics speak of the love and kindness that was experienced in the past and causes us to reflect upon our journey. But, mostly the song is about remembering friends from the past and not letting them be forgotten.

As the last chorus rouses us to raise a collective glass, know that it has been our privilege to help preserve the memory of the people and events of Riverton’s past so that future Riverton may know of it.

And there’s a hand, my trusty friend!
And give us a hand of yours!
And we’ll take a deep draught of good-will
For long, long ago.

We sincerely wish you a Happy, Healthy, and Prosperous 2014.

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John McCormick

Teacher at Riverton School 1974-2019, author, amateur historian, Historical Society of Riverton Board Member 2007-2023, newsletter editor 2007-2023, website editor 2011-2023

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