Each year now Christmas sneaks up on me. I really thought about it yesterday afternoon driving home around sunset on Rte. 6A, the beautiful, winding, two-lane old Cape road where the towns have agreed that only white lights will be used for Christmas decoration. They were on, just white lights, at least candle light in most homes' windows and many trees, porches and so on outlined in white. It was lovely. I know from past years that it is lovely in the snow also. Happily, in my opinion, we have no snow yet. Although today we're experiencing a shocking drop in temperature, down to about 7 degrees with a wind chill of about -8. But it is supposed to be short lived with perhaps snow tonight but then warming and soon turning to rain. A strange, uncomfortable blip.
Returned, we drove down Hyannis Main Street through the shopping center. There the lights were meant to attract attention, many colors, and simply MANY lights of all sorts. Fine, 'tis the season. Although I have yet to do much about it. Maybe this afternoon I'll write a few cards. As we discussed, fewer and fewer people are sending cards. Mostly they are members of my generation who still have the habit of once-a-year reaching out to former neighbors, former college classmates, etc, with little letters of facts about the family. We don't know one another's grandchildren but the fact that they are getting educated, getting married, having their own children is a comfort. This is what happens -- or is "supposed to happen." In our vastly changing world this Christmas contact remains a steadying comfort. I have received a few of those cards already and I will post a few before the weekend is over.
WEATHER -- COLD AND HOT - These tree limbs (above header) lined with thick ice were taken several years ago when I was living in Kentucky. Trees surrounding my home were glistening...
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