Sunday, January 2, 2011

Everyday Life: Unexpected gifts

We knew the clock struck midnight when the sky lit up with bright colors while we were driving down a dark stretch of country road, on our way home after an evening of delighting in each other, good food, good drinks, good friends and good games.

Brilliant colors decorated the horizon miles apart in each direction.

Some bursts bright pink and others purple, all dancing, sparkling against the ebony.

I reached for my husband's hand and gently squeezed it as he quietly wished me a happy new year.

And I thought to myself it will be.

Here's to holding hands and exchanging soft words even after six years.

To friends who giggle at your Wii-bowling skills, but encourage you to play anyway.

To cold, little feet pressed against your legs after climbing into a big, cozy bed.

To unexpected beauty.

To recognizing gifts of brilliant light from unknowing strangers.

And here's to finding those magnificent bursts of color in the dark stretches of the drive this year.

Happy 2011, friends.


  1. Happy New Year girly. I pray for 2011 to bring you much joy and happiness.

  2. Love this. so true! Happy New Year to you and yours!

  3. Happy New Year! I wish many bursts of bright, happy light.

  4. "to finding those magnificent bursts of color in the dark stretches of the drive this year."

    i love your way with words! that is exactly how we caught the fourth of july firework this year, and there was something magical about it that you captured here.

    happy 2011

  5. Oh, those cold feet. Yes, happy new year, friend!



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