Now that the holidays are here with all the shopping, baking, decorating, socializing, and seemingly endless things to check off those long To Do Lists, quiet moments are hard to come by.
But I was blessed with a quiet day right before Thanksgiving, having just returned from Hawai’i where we celebrated my Dad’s 100th birthday. I had time to reflect on this momentous event and transition into full-on holiday mode by leisurely doing things that made me happy, truly a day like Alice Walker describes in her lovely poem, “Grace.”
Gives me a day
I had thought
to stay indoors
washing my dishes
I am happy
to be inside
This, I think,
Just this choosing
a beautiful day
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I felt positively decadent as I chose to:
Open parcels that had arrived while we were gone, finding handmade ornaments I’d ordered from Puffin Patchwork in Ireland:
Pore over the new Emma Bridgewater catalog (my favorite, my favorite!) and decide what I’d order if money were no object:
Sip red rooibos from a new tea mug I’m seriously crushing on at the moment:
Examine the adorable handmade ornaments a friend from Hawai’i gave me for my birthday:
Dig into the new Maira Kalman books I’d been waiting months to see:
Write thank you notes for some of the lovely birthday gifts I’d received:
This gift of a day was pure bliss for a homebody who thrives on simple pleasures and quiet times. I am so rich in family and friends. Thank you for being here today. I wish you moments of grace during this busy holiday season 🙂
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