Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Winter Solstice

I've been rummaging through my photographs, thinking about the year past. So much of what I had intended to accomplish, I didn't. But it's been a good year. A lot of what I have experienced, I never would have expected.
If you had asked me five years ago about my plans for this year in my early 50s, they would not have included becoming an elder in the church, getting most of the way through a master's program, a trip to Prince Edward Island, late afternoons in a Jewish school with Orthodox girls draping their arms around me as we wander down the hallway discussing Gilmore Girls, a child uprooted by a hurricane, the late night vigil as my stepmother died or, actually, pretty much anything else that has happened.
Among this year's delights, pictured above, that 13-degree Thanksgiving morning walk on an empty Michigan Avenue in Chicago (everyone else seemed to know that you could DIE out there), and a walk through the woods on that ONE week-end of fall color that we midwesterners managed to fit in earlier in the month.
And the most delightful day of all, that day of hope, is here: the Winter Solstice came and went this afternoon. It can only get better all the time, now that we are on the road to springtime.
Oops. It's only Tuesday. The Solstice is TOMORROW. Premature happiness on my part. Hold that thought for another 15 hours.


Cynthia said...

You have had quite a year. Here's to the return of the sun.

Lisa :-] said...

I hadn't thought...the solstice IS around here, somewhere, isn't it? Good news. The days have been entirely too short.

It has been something of a year for you. What would you like next year to bring? I'm hoping whatever it is, you get it. And more.

Anonymous said...

Happy Solstice! I too celebrate the return of the light. Happiness is good anytime -- premature or otherwise.

Kathryn said...

Oops - anonymous above was me. I didn't intend to be but I need to get used to the new blog.


Virginia said...

"premature happiness"... I laughed when I read that.

Peace, Virginia

Judith HeartSong said...

the miracle of the seasons.... it has been an amazing year. You make me want to go and think on my year as well. Merry Christmas Dear Lady.

MariesImages said...

Wonderful Photos!