Friday, January 01, 2010

Flashback Friday: Happy New Year!

Happy 2010! Here are some generic memories of New Year's Eve as experienced in my childhood.

When I was very young, my parents would make me go to bed at the usual time, with the promise that they'd wake me up when midnight came. I remember a year or two where I woke up to hear them tell me it was midnight and then went back to sleep. Other years, I got out of bed with the rest of my siblings and went upstairs to sleepily enjoy a lime sherbet float. This dessert is inexplicable to me. It was lime sherbet served in 7-Up or Sprite. In the entire rest of my life, I've only ever encountered one other person who had the guts to serve sherbet floats in public. I don't know if it's a Mormon thing, or an 80s thing, or what.

When I got older and stayed up all night until midnight, we always made sure to have Martinelli's sparkling apple cider on hand. It was such a treat since we hardly ever got pop and you have to admit that Martinelli's is a step up (even from lime sherbet floats).

The lamest year I remember was one year when I was still young and we went to California for New Year's to spend time with my grandparents. On New Year's Eve, I guess all the adults were too tired because they went to bed and left us kids to celebrate on our own. My younger sister Teresa and I turned on an ancient TV we found in the sitting room and tuned it to a channel showing a New Year's countdown. We scrounged some generic pop from the pantry and when it was midnight, we drank it. It got the job done, I guess.

When I was a teenager, I really enjoyed running a 5k race that started at midnight. It was held in downtown Portland and was usually called something like First Run. That was always a lot of fun, because I was doing something wholesome and healthy to bring in the new year, and also because they had lots of good food afterward. Then we sweaty, exhausted runners got to share the Max (light rail train) ride home at 2.30 am with all the sweaty, exhausted drunk people. It was an amusing division of passengers, almost as good as the time there was a huge regional Mormon conference in downtown Portland on the same day there was a gay/lesbian pride parade. THAT was an interesting Max ride.

Happy New Year!

10 comments:

Jessie said...

My mom has taught piano for as long as I've been alive, and every year she puts on a recital so the kids can perform for their families. Anyway, the only reason I mention that is because every single recital, without fail, she has served sherbet in Sprite. I always just thought it was normal, but come to think of it, I've never seen that concoction served anywhere else, ever.

Bridget said...

Yeah, the only other person I know who has served sherbet floats is Mormon (and I think you are, too...?) so maybe it's a Mormon AND 80s thing.

Kristi said...

They serve sherbet in 7up almost every Sunday at my church. Sometimes they will mix some other type of juice in with the 7up and sherbet. I go to a United Methodist Church. I guess the fact that the average of members at my church is somewhere in the 70's could have something to do with it as well.

christi and clifton said...

So I read your post this morning. Clifton and I both thought a sherbet float sounded so good! So we bought the stuff and celebrated the new year (or satisfied a pregnant craving?). It might just become a tradition. :) I was trying to remember when or where I have had that before, but I couldn't. My family always had popcorn and watched movies on New Years Eve.

The Ensign's said...

Lime sherbet float ehhhhh? Sounds interesting.

Lindsay said...

Ok, here's a concoction for you that we always had growing up and my husband thinks is disgusting. Ever heard of a purple cow? It's a grape juice float - awesome. Also, orange juice floats are tasty too. Maybe my parents just thought this was healthier than rootbeer floats???

Suzanne Bubnash said...

Yay for all you who serve sherbet /7up floats! We haven't done it in a few years but it is what Dad's fam did when he was growing up (50s- 60s). Also, there was a time when you could go to an event where punch was served and the punch bowl was filled w/ 7up w/ scoops of sherbet (color of sherbet matched the decor) floating in it!

In my fam growing up we made eggnog on New Years Eve but I don't perpetuate things I don't care for.

Susanne said...

Lime sherbet floats sound good! I haven't had those in a long time.

Happy New Year! Wish you lots of great times.

Bridget said...

Lindsay, that sounds disgusting, especially with orange juice. Just the thought of all that pulp...

Amanda said...

Just to be different, I would like to comment on your usage of the word "Pop." We call it soda around here. Am I backwards or are you? :)

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