This week got away from me. The sun hidden away, the yard (and kids) a muddy mess. Two knitting projects off the needles and gifted to their recipients before being photographed. There have been the constants that come with this time of year: cups of smoky lapsang consumed, a batch of cookies, winter squash soup, wool socks drying, quilts and books left abandoned on the sofa.
There has been work, the kind that brings a deep satisfaction. Something about the work and this time of year brings to mind my high school English class, the teacher up front reading Melville, Shaw whilst my mind and heart were only half present, ears only half-tuned in until something in a single line of poetry or prose brought me to attention, focused my breath, and made me feel. What was it?
There has been adoration of baby toes. And sleeping baby fingers curled gently into fists. There has been much nuzzling and inhaling of babyness, my nose buried in her neck, the top of her head. It is a familiar sweetness, one that brings joy and a tinge of sadness as I marvel over her so big! so soon! and whisper plea, stay a wee babe a bit longer sweet love. There is still the glow of twinkle lights, a basket of wool waiting to be looped and stitched into something useful. There are candles and diffusers making our home cozy. Overflowing bookshelves, paintings drying on the dining room table, the hum of the dryer, the sound of Bach’s Cello Suites coming from the living room, the sounds of this soundtrack coming from the Red Bean’s room. There is a cat asleep in my favorite sitting spot which doesn’t matter because as soon as I sit down someone will need something. These are my constants and I’m devoted to celebrating them.
PS: If you’ve considered joining Cornerstone, registration will be closing at the end of January. If, like me, your good intentions are already faltering, maybe community and a bit of guidance in the get-it-done department will be just what you need. I signed up to set a strong foundation for 2015, my year of planning, intention, and legacy building; it’s not too late to set yourself up for a great year too! Yes, I’m an affiliate but I having already dug in and gotten my fingers dirty so to speak, it’s worth it and that is why I’m sharing it with you.
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