I certainly don't want to come across as glossing over anything by moving on quickly here, but feel that it has to be done right now. I'm not the one to tell the re-tell the story, and I certainly hope you can all read between the lines enough to know that I, along with millions of others, have been affected deeply.
And on I go...
This weekend I discovered some of the sweet images of a child's Christmas around the house, as well as some of the super-sweet images of an adult choco-holic's holiday...
When I was 7 years old, I made this cottonball Christmas tree at school. I was in 2nd grade, and felt so much pride at having created something I could bring home to my parents for the holiday. There used to be foil snowflakes and stars glued on along with the beads, but they've long fallen off over the passage of time, spanning across 37 years. My mother kept it wrapped up with her Christmas decorations, putting it out on display faithfully each year, and returned it to me, much to my delight, a few years ago. Don't let the photo fool you...the cottonballs are actually yellow now...gross.
Yesterday I discovered, with much child-like glee, that the 7-year-old me had written my initials inside the cone.
Samantha's favorite part of decorating the tree is placing the star at the top. A star she'd made in preschool two years ago, one that I'm pretty certain she had a lot of help in creating, but was proud to have brought home nonetheless, it is the perfect topper and one I see having for many, many years to come, much like my little
This ornament was also "made" by Samantha in preschool, in 2009. Uh, she was 3. I am certain she had little to do with it, especially given that an identical version of it also came home in 2010. But I love it anyway.
One of my bosses brought me this box of chocolates on Friday. I'm so glad I actually opened the box while he was standing there, because I'm sure my reaction was pretty priceless when I got a gander at the exquisitely-crafted pieces of art, delectable gems of organic, preservative-free, Norman Love chocolatey goodness, that lay inside.
Chocolate just can't get much more beautiful than this.
And to call this stuff, this confectioner's delight, "delicious," is to do it a serious disservice. It'd be like calling the Hope Diamond cute. Now this is chocolate. Steve and I have sampled 4 of them so far by cutting them in half so we could each taste the delicate layers of flavor in the creative, holiday-themed assortment.
Sweet, yes. Bittersweet? Even more-so. We go on, living our lives, enjoying the small things. And this Christmas, the friends and families of 28 in Connecticut will not. May not again ever. If I were the praying type, I'd be praying for them to find peace one day. But while not actual prayer per se, I am thinking of them, hoping they'll find peace one day, and I will not forget.