grace

 

A few moments of silence produces a single-pointed focus.

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Celebrate

 

The big day is upon us and rightly, the kids are showing up soon! I have decorated, knit gifts, wrapped presents and entertained myself with holiday concerts, plays and lightshows. I am ready! I’m ready for the best day of the year with all the ups and downs that come with it. I’m ready for peace, and that special family time we’ve planned. I’m ready for the joy and the lull after gift opening when everyone sits around playing with their gifts. I’m ready for our annual seafood Christmas Eve supper and the candlelight service at the UU church. I am so ready!!!

Christmas Past

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After they finished making their gifts last weekend, they decorated. Handling antique lead skaters, and old tree ornaments they joined with my mother and those before her to deck my walls and brighten my spirit, welcoming the holiday into my home with glee and their contagious excitement. I miss them, but they will be back soon!

Permanent

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Practice makes permanent. What happiness music brings! What a glorious sense of accomplishment, and how powerful one feels when one puts effort into something challenging and beautiful.

Dark

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It is my favorite time of day. The cool dark of 5:30 AM is quiet and softly peaceful, and best of all I am alone. Shifting my attention back from daily kidney antics to my creativity, reading and personal growth reminds me that life is always changing, and the quiet is perfect for observing it.

One Last Night

 

imageToday is their last day, so last night they wanted one more paddle. It’s been that sort of week: one more dinner out; one more chance to stay up late; one more big treat: 6 Flags! We’ve had a spectacular summer. We always do, because we create, and share, and listen to each other. We read, we cook, we argue and we hug each other goodnight. Simple is best, and I am content with simple.

Indulgence

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With no worries about the pups, we had the whole day yesterday to prowl around Rockport. We drove around the peninsula enjoying the ocean views and the storybook setting, and even visited the Gloucester Fisherman, the site of a photograph with their father and uncle 40+ years ago. That was surprising to them for some reason, silly kidneys. But, upon receiving his good-night hug, Jude revealed that the best part of the day was the penny candy selection. We all need a little excess now and then I guess!

Birthday

 

imageIt might seem odd, but I spent my birthday at the cemeteries yesterday. I am lucky to have so many ancestors buried in one place-my family settled the town and there is a road and school named for them. It’s important to us to go there and remember, and to take care of the stones. My baby uncle’s stone has fallen over and was covered in lichen, so we scrubbed and scraped and made it beautiful again, along with two others, my parents’and grandparents’. It made us happy to see them like new again. I shared my memories with them, and now they have some more of their own.

Play

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We were shopping for art supplies for them to take home and, Halloween popped up! They couldn’t help themselves. Who can? Dress-up was one of my favorite childhood activities and it looks like they love it too.

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