Thursday, December 31, 2009

as 2009 ends




It was a year unlike any other of my life, and one that has taught the lessons of adversity. I think we're getting good at the making lemonade when life hands you lemons thing. We had a power outage for the last night of Chanukah, and sat by candlelight all evening, playing board games, roasting mini- marshmallows in the tiny candle flames, and finally just talking. It was one of the best evenings we've spent.

Next we had a blizzard, and when the shoveling was done, we made a snowman. He is still there, a symbol of the crazy mad laughter that is available no matter what the circumstances. When you strip everything bare, you can see quite clearly how the simplest moments and the humblest things are an invitation to happiness and joyful abandon. The way a cardinal looks against the stark snow. The cat that curls up on a present under the tree. The teenage girls, who for no particular reason decide one day to begin a conversation as if you are someone worth asking.

I walked past the brook I love today, and it was silent with ice, as if holding its breath. There is no breeze. Only expectation, as we wait for the last night to invite our wishes and prayers.

Happy New Year! Dare to dream huge, and may all you envision be yours!

6 comments:

  1. your challenges and optimist outlook are inspiring... i am so glad you have a family that, despite differences, at the end of the day is there for each other... beautiful words, thoughts and images... all of the best to you ~ all of you...

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  2. Hi, Leigh,

    Wonderful post - this year has had its moments that have helped us clarify what's important, too. So glad to read of some of your creative moments!

    Happy New Year!

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  3. "When you strip everything bare, you can see quite clearly how the simplest moments and the humblest things are an invitation to happiness and joyful abandon." - how profoundly true and thank you for the encouragement! Happy New Year!

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  4. I am thrilled to have my abstract art quilt included in your favorites. You are the greatest!

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