The days between Christmas and New Year's are "the between time" before we head into the new year. It is almost like everyone takes a hiatus before jumping back into the fray of tax season, inventories, end-of-year sales. There is really nothing to do that has to be done this week. So -- what to do? Seems we have to be busy, can't just sit and doze (although I do more of that these days). But these days are meant for that kind of living. Sure we have to clean up after Christmas, freeze the extra food, save the reusable wrappings and bags, sort through the cards one more time, write a few thank-your. But this week is an odds n' ends week and that is perfectly acceptable.
Everyone seems to be in a reflective mood; I received this text from my brother who lives in Las Vegas:
I wrote this this morning. It feels important so I thought I'd share.
"I like the old-fashioned, the imperfect and the old. Using the typewriter and the 35mm film cameras. I sense the rounded edges, the depth of black paint, the braising, and the patina. They connect me to craftsman who handmade the parts and imbued their essence to making these tools.
From childhood I stood in the machine shed of my grandfather's farm,watching him and my uncle grind their files and chisels into sharp edges. I walked beside them noting taut barbed wire fences, well rounded haystacks, well fed farm animals. Every animal and tool shown respect and care for what they gave to the farmer.
Today we're donating "eleanor " our 2005 Hyundai sonata with 237,000 miles to the Vietnam veterans of America. We treated her well,took care of her and she took care of us. She's been low maintenance until now. The engine is knocking a little and we put several thousand dollars in her last year.
She will be sold probably for parts but we can hope for restoration. It could happen.
Whomever buys her, will have a car with a little soul, who can take care of the owner as they take care of her.
These are the days to dig out that old journal in which you wrote one day and then got too busy to go further; to find the book with the bookmark showing where you last left off, answering the Christmas greeting that appeared from a long-ago friend. It is that time of the year to reflect, renew and rededicate.