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!

Words

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Those who are no longer here with us have left a legacy in the words they said, and remembering those words brings back their smiling faces, and once more we are sharing a cup of tea and laughing over a joke together.

My grandmother, faced with a child’s messy room would ask, “What’s all this culch?” I think in looking it up one time, I discovered that culch has something to do with separating sheep from one another. I guess said child ought to separate what she wanted to keep from what could be thrown out!

When something happened in our house that no one owned up to, my mother was not upset. She simply said “Chadwick did it!” I wondered for a long time if Chadwick was some creepy guy who hung around our family. Now I’m introducing this phrase to the kidneys!

Aunt Jan, my funny substitute Mum, said “Oh for cryin’ in the night,” when things were frustrating. I love that one, and I use it a lot. These are precious rememberances and should live on in our lives just as our beloved family members who live on in our hearts.

What do you remember?

Grey Day

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The sun is always there, even on a cloudy day. Peace is always within us even when life look bleak or scary. This ocean and this beach have been my life companions. I grew up here, my grandmother baked here, my grandfather sold real estate here, my mother and her sisters courted here. My grandchildren play here amongst their ancestor’s breath and memory, and now, we sit and watch the sea together, wrapped in generations of love, here.

 

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