“Do you know," Peter asked, "why swallows build in the eaves of houses? It is to listen to the stories.” ~ J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

12.16.2010

advent day 16: a silent jingle bell


the front door jingle bell at work is officially off duty until christmas.
it will still jingle,
we will be in and out on no particular schedule,
and lilycat will be kept company,
but officially?
closed until after santa.

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and on this -
the first day of nothingness -
i give in at last to the exhaustion,
the achiness,
the teariness,
the blues.
i give in and throw some laundry in the washer
and breathe deep breaths
and sit.
in a moment or two, i will head out the door;
there is a party tonight
and paper whites seem the perfect gift
and the perfect excuse to visit my favorite garden,
wander among the christmas flowers
and christmas music
and listen to the wind chimes i so covet.
i admit it.

tomorrow, the plumber,
and thankfulness for people who are really gifts.
thank god for plumbers
and mechanics
and chiropractors
and masseuses
and ups delivery persons
and druggists
and bakers
and candlestick makers.
thank god.
and gas station attendants
and florists
and mothers
and dogwalkers
and people on the end of the phone when you need to talk
and librarians
and cashiers you can barely see,
way down there at the far end of the line,
their day seemingly never ending.

merry christmas to all of you still in the craziness.

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13 comments:

  1. beautiful words. so hoping you remember to be grateful for you. so glad you are taking time to visit your favourite gardens.
    Christmas blessings to you as well on this first day of nothingness, which is truly a day of everythingness. A day to take time to listen and watch - the sixteenth day of advent.
    angels be with you

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  2. i could hear your deep completely deserved sigh all the way over here....what a feeling to be done. and your thankfulness for all those people that make our lives easier....me too !
    xo

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  3. Enjoy your time off & thanks, indeed, for all those & more, who make this world's wobbly spinning a bit more comfy.
    Merry Christmas!

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  4. oh the nothingness sounds much needed .. your list of thankful is so nice ..
    enjoy my friend

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  5. what a sweet list of thanks to those that so deserve it. rest up, restore, relax, enjoy.

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  6. i hope your 'blues' have flown away and you've been able to take lots more deep breaths. happy happy holidays to you, hope you have wonderful days with those you love, cheers, eliza

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  7. i thank you most kindly for your gratitude and good wishes, being of the florist variety on your list. i will need them.

    i'll be looking to you for an anchor in the sweetness of the season as the crazies escalate in my world.

    rest, relax, jingle all the way.

    xxoo, g

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  8. greetings to you dear debi with a single jingle of that bell. i love all the sounds of my little and large and medium bells. they make me think of icicles hanging from the roof of my childhood home. looking out of the window and seeing them almost reach the ground. thinking of you and wishing you a time of warmth and rest on your holiday break :)
    XOX

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  9. greetings to you dear debi with a single jingle of that bell. i love all the sounds of my little and large and medium bells. they make me think of icicles hanging from the roof of my childhood home. looking out of the window and seeing them almost reach the ground. thinking of you and wishing you a time of warmth and rest on your holiday break :)
    XOX

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  10. I'm so glad you get some time off. =) You deserve it, and certainly don't get it often enough. And yes, thank God for all those people--I was thinking of them just the other day and remembering the one Christmas season I worked retail. And just so you know, you are one of those people who are, in themselves, a gift. Merry Christmas to you, dear Debi, enjoy the holidays.

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  11. I gave many paper whites this Christmas. They are so very lovely. I wish I had some blooming in my home, but even if they were, I wouldn't be here to fully enjoy them anyway.
    I'm glad you are finding some nothingness time. Breathe deeply.

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  12. Massage yesterday, now today Christmas music and alone time. Very special. So happy you have some time away from work now.

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