January 1, 2019

Happy New Year!

         Here’s a wood engraving by Thomas Bewick showing Father Time with all his traditional attributes: long white beard to show his age, scanty drapes the better to look Classical, wings because Time flies, a scythe because he’s conflated with the Grim Reaper, and an hourglass for the passage of time.  As an allegorical figure, Father Time has been around for centuries, but as a symbol for the year he’s now replaced by Baby New Year.  So, may your new year be full of joy, kindness, surprises, sufficiency, wonder, and love.

[Picture: There’s No Tomorrow, wood engraving by Thomas Bewick from Select Fables, before 1784 (Image from Internet Archive).]

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