A friend of mine put it well when she said, “Why am I trying to stay up until midnight to watch some ball drop just to realize afterwards it really wasn’t worth it? You can bet money my kids will be up at 6:30-7am, like always. I mean I already know what the ball is going to do. It’s not like it changes every year and I have to see what’s going to happen. It’s the same every year, except the changing number below. The funny this is is that I already know what the number is going to be. No big surprise there. I know there will be hugging/kissing. Oh yeah, and I already know the song they’re going to play afterwards. I pretty much know everything that is going to happen! Why can’t I convince myself that I really don’t need to stay up for this?”
All this being said, we had a great night. We ventured out to Harborwalk Village to watch the fireworks show there at 8:00 over the water (there was another one at midnight). We should have called it a night then, but Kennedy was convinced that she was a big girl. We decided to have a movie sleepover party. We laughed because she lasted until 11:23! Brian and I rang in the new year with some sparkling cider and a smooch or two. New York’s Times Square has a crystal ball, but we watched a Pelican Drop.
This was the pelican’s debut. The 1,000 pound Pelican is 13-feet-tall and 17-feet wide and was covered with 10,000 lights. We enjoyed it, but snickered to ourselves a little. Florida ceases to surprise us! What will they come up with next. When all was said and done I started off 2009 wondering why in the world I stayed up so late.