Council & Associates January 2019

Chronicles JANUARY 2019 COUNCIL


W hen I think about starting a new year, I recall fond memories of my grandmother, Netha. She was a matriarchal figure in our family and the person everyone looked to for guidance and advice. She also had a laundry list of traditions and superstitions that needed to be performed GROWING UP, I WAS TOLD THAT STARTING THE YEAR FRESH REQUIRES MAKING SURE THERE’S NOTHING LEFT OVER FROM THE PREVIOUS ONE.


includes removing the Christmas tree. Though the kids protest against it, there’s no chance they’ll change my mind. The reason behind the frantic cleaning is symbolic. Growing up, I was told that starting the year fresh requires making sure there’s nothing left over from the previous one. It’s hard to begin 2019 with a clean slate if you still

Now that I’ve shared a couple straightforward traditions, I’ll recall one that’s a little foggier. I remember distinctly that we always wanted the first person to walk through the door in the new year to be a man. Why we were so adamant about it, I can’t recall. I’ve Googled this superstition and found varying reasons for why people do it, but none of them strike me as superstitions Grandma would’ve believed. Whatever the case, watching the door after midnight and in the morning of New Year’s was definitely a tradition in our household. While New Year’s is a time to look back on family traditions and cultural heritage, it’s also a time to look forward to a new year full of hope and adventure. I’m looking forward to traveling to new locales in 2019, as well as expanding my practice and focusing on my family. What are your goals for the next 12 months?

every New Year’s Eve before the calendar turned over. Many of these traditions have been

passed down through the generations and are still integral parts of our family’s end- of-year celebrations. The first of those — and the one that drives my husband and kids crazy — is that the house has to be pristine before the clock

have unwashed clothes or uncleaned cabinets from 2018. Makes sense, right?

Our New Year’s day meal also has significance beyond merely being delicious. Every year, we make collard greens, black-eyed peas, and hog jowls in hopes of a prosperous 12 months. The greens represent dollars, and the peas stand for cents. While hog jowls represent health, prosperity, and progress. New Year’s is about the only time I can get my kids to eat black-eyed peas. Hopefully their palates evolve over time and black-eyed peas become more than just an annual treat.

Happy New Year from everyone here at Council & Associates!

strikes 12. And I don’t just mean clean; I mean spotless. There can’t

be any unwashed laundry in the house or it will lead to a year of bad luck. As Netha’s granddaughter, I follow this rule every year. When we wake up on Dec. 31, no one rests until the house is up to her standards. This

–Lashonda Council- Rogers, Esq.


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