December 10, 2012
The "season" has always been my favorite time of the year. Surely that is because all the fun stuff happening during this time of the year when I was growing up. School starts, Halloween, my birthday, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Eve tops everything off. All of that doesn't include the beautiful leaves, crisp mornings, and snow. You'll have to imagine the gleam in my eye, like the sun just peaking over a pristine snow drift! And before the season is over, Christmas vacation fits in there somewhere, then Martin Luther King Day (another day off from school); Groundhog Day (by this time I wish he wouldn't see his shadow); and Valentine's Day (another party)!
Now that I am older, all those events are almost as dreadful as they were once wonder-filled. It's a rough time for many, especially for those who suffer. If there were just some way that we could celebrate without worrying, it would be so grand.
One of the best holiday memories I have is when my sister's family came home at Thanksgiving and we went shopping for Christmas. I am not a Black Friday shopper, but we had fun. Not being desperate to get our shopping finished, we had time to have a holiday flavored coffee together at our leisure.
I am so happy this year that our families have intentionally decided to scale back and enjoy being together. My heart still swells at the wonder of a young child during the holiday season.
I hope this photo will give you some small piece of the joy it gave me when I heard these children at storytime, singing for a group of quilters at the branch.
Wishing you the season's best.