Happy New Year everybody! I know you’re supposed to wake up all refreshed and start on a clean slate for the new year but when you’re an owner of an eatery it always feels more like you’re trying to clean up the mess from the previous year. I guess it’s my fault because instead of cleaning up properly after the last customer left my shop with celebratory ice cream, I hurriedly closed my shop so that I could also bring my celebratory ice cream to my friends’ New Year’s Eve party.
We were having soda and chips (courtesy of Goma-kun!) and ice cream and the countdown was on TV. We didn’t plan any activities in particular. Everyone was chilling, then all of a sudden Chiyo banged her soda glass down and asked everyone what their new year resolutions were.
I panicked. Every year, I avoid making new year resolutions because I find that I get disappointed when I ultimately don’t follow through when the new year rolls around. I prefer to take baby steps throughout the year, you see…
Anyway, everybody had their turn and now they were all staring at me. I laughed nervously and said I hadn’t thought of any new year resolutions. Chiyo proceeded to bang her paw on the table and repeated, now more fiercely, “What are your new year resolutions?!” (At this point I wondered if Goma-kun had brought us beer by mistake because Chiyo was so riled up.)
Under her intense glare, I started to answer in a high-pitched voice that I always wanted to sell handmade items.
“GOOD!” she shouted. “SELL THEM!”
And that is how I ended up with a new little corner in my shop before I headed home last night.
…did I mention that yesterday a kid reached for the jar of rainbow sprinkles and shouted, “HAPPY NEW YEAR!” while tossing the sprinkles all over the shop? (His mother was horrified and tried to sweep it all up and she kept apologising. But the little boy looked so happy, I couldn’t help but understand his joy, too…) Yeah, I think I’d better run to the store now before the ants take over the place.
Here’s a group photo of us from yesterday!
Happy New Year, everybody. 🙂
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