Today I join my fellow bloggers in "serving up a slice"
to the Tuesday Slice of Life sponsored by Two Writing Teachers.
Sunday afternoon nap time is sacred time at my house. However, this past Sunday afternoon I broke with tradition, stayed dressed (I'm usually back into my PJs within minutes of returning home from church), and ventured out (even though the temperatures were unseasonably cold). I phoned the library to inquire about the time for the performance and was told 2:30. I thought it started at 2:00 and was almost ready at 1:45, so I headed to the library with a bag of tricks to amuse me until show time. Good thing I did!
When I entered the library shortly after 2, the carolers were directly in front of me and already singing. Luckily, there were still a few seats in the back. I snagged a seat and was immediately entranced by beloved Christmas tunes and the four part harmony of the Dickens' carolers.
I quickly forgot the "to do" list, the cards needing to be addressed, the Christmas shopping not yet done, and the tree in my family room adorned with lights, but still awaiting ornaments. I looked around me and saw all ages soaking in the beauty of this performance - from the new parents cradling a newborn, to the young parents shushing toddlers and grade schoolers, to the mature folks like myself listening appreciatively, to the gorgeous silver haired senior citizens holding hands and nodding in time.
In the hurry and scurry of the season, I treasure carving out a few moments that rejuvenate me. This was one of those experiences. It's hard to decide what to attend and what to pass up, but listening to and indulging our own desires can provide magical moments in the midst of many obligations. My hope is that each of us can discover an activity that feeds our souls - perhaps wandering outside on a moonlit night to ponder the night sky, filling the kitchen with the aroma of fresh baked cookies from treasured family recipes, or heading out for an afternoon of sledding followed by hot chocolate and marshmallows. For me, I discovered magic at the library as I listened to beautiful voices sing the familiar songs of this special season!