Welcome to the first week of this New Year. Christmas is history, for most. As Lily and I drove home from lunch in Larkspur, we noticed curbs laden with evergreen trees tossed beside bins for trash or recycling. Sorta sad. One day you’re the star attraction, festooned with lights, ornaments and packages billowing out from beneath your lowest branches. Next thing you know, you’re yesterday’s trash. Humbling.
Well, don’t read too much into this. Though I did say “you’re the star” instead of “it’s”, which leaves me wondering if something Freudian slipped in while I napped between sentences. However, I must admit the older I get, the more comfortable I am with cheering from the sidelines, warming a bench or rocker.
And speaking of cheering, I’m so ready for season three of All Creatures Great and Small. It returns on PBS this coming Sunday night. I love that series. A writer in Boston Globe called the show, “a vaccine against cynicism and despair.” Who doesn’t need one of those shots of joy?!
Which is how I’ve felt being out here for Christmas. I’m boosted with JOY. New Year’s Eve we partied with friends and family at the house. This year’s theme was “Glitter.” Last year’s was “Texture.” If you’ll recall, I came as JELLO in 2021. This time I dressed in black and wore a glittery pin that read JOY. Well, my Grands thought I looked like I was going to a funeral (mine, probably) so took charge. Before long they’d decorated me with post-it notes and stick-on sequins around my eyes. Well, I looked more like a walking bulletin board but they were pleased with their handiwork. And I loved them for trying to put the FUN back into funeral.
So, as promised, here are some photos of the Grands and their parents so you can put faces to tales I’ve told. And, as often, I’m grateful to my Grands, Lily and Basil for helping me attach the visuals. Actually, they did all the work. I cheered from the sidelines.
First, we have he Carlberg-Willis family plus the furry one, Tia in Luke’s arms.
Now, the Carlbergs: Chad, Kristina, Maggie Blue and Poco (Kate)
And here’s the Willis family: Matt and Heather, Basil, Luke, Lily and Tia
Add a glimpse of New Year’s Eve: All that glitters is not gold…sometimes it’s sticky notes.
Momo with her Grands: Luke (in Norway as I write, in a gap year), Basil 7th grade, Lily recent college grad, Maggie Blue, 9th grade and Poco Blossom, 6th grade.
The view from my Perch a few days before I left for Christmas in California where we’re experiencing atmospheric rivers. You’re looking at the Atlantic ocean and Good Harbor Beach in Gloucester, Ma.
And finally, remember my blog about Not Your Average JO? Well, this was what prompted it.
So to all, thank you for reading, responding and staying connected. So many times over this past year you’ve given me shots of JOY.
And as Karl Barth wrote: “JOY is the simplest form of gratitude.“
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