Auld Lang Syne

2020 cathy adkison new year Jan 09, 2020

Auld Lang Syne

A new year begins, and a new decade is entered. New hopes and dreams are established while the song Auld Lang Syne is sung.  This song comes from a 1788 Scots poem by Robert Burns set to the tune of a traditional folk song.  Auld lang syne essentially means “for the sake of old times”.  It calls for the preservation of our oldest, and dearest friendships and we sing it together to recall past joys and sorrows we have shared.  The first line is a question, “Should old acquaintance be forgot, And never brought to mind?”.  The answer, of course, is “no!” we should never forget.

I began this new year speaking at the memorial of a dear colleague and friend, Cathy Adkison, President and CEO of Big Bend Hospice in Tallahassee who died in December. We heard about Cathy’s resume virtues, and there were many, the letters after her name, and the titles she amassed in her short time here on earth.  However,...

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