Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Packing away the season...
I must admit we are entering into my least favorite meteorological season of the year, that being January through March. Once Christmas is over, my heart longs for the early warmth of a spring day and to peer out the window over my sink and see the dogwood tree in bloom.
However, such warmth and color are weeks and weeks... and need I say... weeks in the future. So I enjoy any light which comes into my life right now. A couple nights ago, I was typing away at the dining room table on the laptop when I noticed the reflection of the Christmas tree against the glass objects on the buffet.
I had to stop what I was doing and spend some moments just soaking in the sparkle of light reflected... it was as if the light danced on the glass and for a moment I felt as if the world was a little more magical than reality would have us believe. I felt lost in sparkle. :)
But it is now a memory as most decorations have been placed back into protective containers, ready for their slumber on garage shelves until Thanksgiving is past come next year. Only the tree remains full of ornaments and lights, although her hand made angel tree top has been carefully put away, her homespun dress tucked carefully around so she will meet next Christmas without wrinkles.
The house always seems rather stark once the sparkle is packed away. I will continue to read and sip tea as a candle flickers on the coffee table but it isn't quite the same as the sparkle from the colorful bulbs and the red and the green and the snowmen and the creche and the sweet ornaments and the lights from the tree... all reflecting to me His Light which came in the Darkness.
For many reasons, this Christmas came with an undertone of sadness and melancholy for me. But it was still full of Beauty to be embraced in spite of... the lack of that which is perfectly desired.
So, I may leave behind the sparkle but the cozy remains to be found in slowly simmering soups and loaves of homemade bread. A long promised "to read" rests on the coffee table in the living room as I enter the world of Middle Earth and lose myself in The Trilogy... having read The Hobbit but never The Lord of the Rings. What better way to rediscover a little bit of magic (Narnia magic that is).
I am thinking through my favorite (new to me) books read in 2010 and will soon put them pen to paper... so to speak. As soon as I can find uninterrupted time to transfer thoughts to paper to keyboard.