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December 2004

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December 26

When I went to bed last night, there were predictions in effect that a light snow would arrive in the early hours of the morning. It didn't get here; it snowed itself out thirty-five or so miles east. I can live with that! We have had a cold day, but it has been mercifully clear.

The quiet around here is quite peaceful. I'm trying not to disturb it much. I've been doing a little housework, with the emphasis on little. There are also some New Year greetings I need to get started writing---to people whose holiday messages to me showed up with new addresses and much news, at a moment when I didn't have time to write.

I should get started on them now. The skritch sound of my pen on paper will be good.

All in all, it has been a good day after.

December 25


Snowflakes drying

The snowflakes were hung from the stove hood with care...actually, about a week before Christmas. These are the 2004 snowflakes, drying after I had washed them. Two of them went to new homes, and the third is staying with me.

So far, this Christmas has been a very good one, even though it's fairly quiet. The family on both sides has been called, and all are doing well. There has also been a call back and forth with a dear friend, with today marking the first time we had heard each other's voices.

Thinking of the phone calls reminds me of another Christmas phone call, ten years ago now. My mother was in the nursing home, and I had plans to spend part of the day with her, as well as with the cousins, but as the morning started I was alone.

A friend knew that it would be the first time I woke up in Dallas without anyone else in the house. My friend, who was at his home in this part of the state, decided to keep me from being lonely. He accomplished that by calling early enough in the morning to awaken me.

I knew what his purpose was in calling so early, even before he said so. And I loved it. It took the sting of being alone completely away, and made me feel very special.

There is just something magical about hearing a loved one's friendly voice on Christmas. I'm glad to have had several chances to have that happen today.

I hope you've had some magic in your day, too.


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