The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #76880   Message #1367294
Posted By: GUEST
29-Dec-04 - 10:45 PM
Thread Name: BS: What'd Ya Get?
Subject: RE: BS: What'd Ya Get?
Thanks, all, for great Christmas thoughts. Especially Allison and Jerry, for reminders of the best parts of the holiday.

My first thoughts were of best 'things' given: 2(!) CD's of Jerry Garcia: Almost Acoustic (my long-ago first intro to folk music!) and his Shady Grove album with David Grisman. Pure delight for a new year of music making... A gift certificate of wardrobe fashion advice from my eldest: sorely needed. I must, apparently, lose the torn, stained, stretched out men's sweaters that I live in..... A stack of coupons for breakfast in bed. Does it get any better??

I am writing this from my temporary perch way way over the Potomac River, the base from which I have spent the last couple of days relaxing (!) with my extended family after a long, tough, frankly sucky year. As I look over the sparkly lights and quiet, cold concrete, I think over this time.

We've been savoring treats like:
-coffee in our pajamas, and fabulous dinners on the town;

-extremely silly walks with small funny children, and somber, sad, serious thoughts over the pictures and words in today's Washington Post;

-quiet, whispering times with beloved sisters, and gratitude for the blessings of a healthy family that will somehow bounce back;

-time to reflect on life as it will be lived in my future, surrounded with friends and family who are my true treasure. And you are among those.

My small gift to you is my favorite Christmas quote from Sir (I'll remember tomorrow):

"Heap on more wood
the wind blows chill;
but let it whistle as it will,
We'll keep our Christmas merry still"