notes, finds & fragments of research
For this year’s Holiday and New Year wishes, I decided to dust off an old truth.
It is a quote from an ancestor who wrote these words to end a letter to a friend, presumably in Holland. To whom he wrote it, I never found out, but among his papers was found a copy of this letter which must have served as a draft version; seen to the crossing-out of words and rephrasing of his sentences, he took the time in writing this letter to his friend.
In past years I have used it several times for my own annual wishes to family, friends, and colleagues; and looking at my own additional words when I used it last, they are still as valid as ever. Whenever I read this quote, I still feel that time holds still for a few moments and that these words, written on an undoubtedly snowy day or night in 1694, are timeless and the very truth of our existence.
I wish everyone warm holidays and all the best in prosperity,
health, and happiness for the upcoming year.
And, think about life – it does go fast.