So, do we say "Twenty-Ten" or "Two Thousand and Ten"? I remember pondering this very question at the turn of the century... no one knew the answer back then but figured it would sort itself out by the time it actually rolled around. Well, here we are... now what?
In our family, 2010 is also known as "The Year of the Time Capsule". Way back when - 12 or 13 years ago, was it? - the kids and I made a project of studying each decade of the 20th Century. We saved the box that some of the materials came in; it was colorful and sturdy and would suit our purposes quite well. We wanted to create a family time capsule, to be opened waaaaay down the road, in 2010, an almost inconceivable time-span away.
We made up a questionnaire for each of us to answer, added some pictures, a copy of the local newspaper complete with the grocery ads, and also put in various objects (none of which I remember now). After reading everyone's entries aloud - to the amusement of us all - the whole thing was duct-taped shut and set in the basement for safe-keeping. A solemn vow was made that we would all gather again, knowing even then that Life would have led us far and wide by that time, so we could open the capsule together.
Every year I would write on the December page of the new calendar, "Remember: Time Capsule - 2010". And now, here we are, right on the verge of that particular year.
Our youngest, Kerry, has been Keeper of the Capsule since the break-up of our old farm. (We love these kinds of honorary titles in our family!) One day, in the midst of all the hustle and bustle and trauma of moving out, she gave a little gasp and rushed downstairs. She had all-of-a-sudden remembered the Time Capsule, still tucked away on its ledge in the basement! Ever since then, she has kept it safe in a closet or cupboard, taking it with her each time she moved.
We are pretty spread out at present: Mike & I in Hawaii; Lori & Dave up in Anchorage; Chris & Katie in Bonners; and Kerry in the Seattle area. But somehow, we will do our best to make the Opening of the Time Capsule happen with all of us present. Including spouses. That was specified even way back when the capsule was being created. I think it had something to do with some of the answers on that questionnaire...
Wishing you all a joyous New Year with many exciting discoveries of your own!