I've been participating in Slice of Life, started by Two Writing Teachers. I love the challenge of composing a piece of writing at least once a week about life or teaching.
A lot is changing.
Girls growing up, parents moving to Florida.
It's time to decorate the tree.
Cold and snowy outside, my favorite December weather.
One daughter at college, one at work today, her last year in high school.
Husband running errands, busy.
It's quiet and peaceful.
Christmastime used to be chaotic -
kittens batting at the lights,
puppies chewing on decorations,
toddlers gazing wide-eyed and grabbing shiny ornaments,
shopping, taking pictures at the mall,
toys assembled, wrapped, begging to be shaken and opened,
cousins loud and excited,
families gathering, cooking, eating,
little kids anticipating
None of that now. Just a fire in the fireplace,
a cup of eggnog,
quiet carols playing.
All is calm.
I stop and remember.