13 January 2010

chairoscuro.

life is oftentimes a curious mix of joy and sorrow.

on the one hand, we have soup. january is a celebration of soup, a happy procession of tortilla and black bean and zuppa toscana. last night was potato chowder, hearty and thick with cheese. i love giving soup to my kids (though they demonstrate less enthusiasm receiving it); it feels like the caloric equivalent of a sweater.

speaking of sweaters and happy, take a gander at little fien in dark grey melee, and this cable yoke jacket by cotton and cloud (aka Current Most Compelling Reasons to Take up Knitting in 2010).

also happy: we have a winner for monday's drawing. amanda mckinley, this is your lucky day. (and i even know amanda in real actual life, which is increasingly rare and also very fun.)



but then the sorrow.

sorrow takes shape in horror and aching and loss, both large scale and private, and grief has a way of knocking the breath from you. today, this week, i am sharply aware of the suffering of people dear to me, and i am so sorry.

7 comments:

lulu and family said...

wow, that cable yoke jacket! and i hear what you mean about sorrow and can relate. some so hard that i have found it difficult to know how to pray and feel so lacking in my faith. prayercentral.org has been an encouragement.

Jenn said...

Chili is brewing on our counter tops here in Kansas today. Sorrow makes us real, which is rarely pleasant but one of the great joys of life.

Stay warm friend,
Jenn

Kimberly said...

I like what Jenn said..sorry though. Whatever the benefits in the long run we never want to see someone we love suffer.

Flower Patch Farmgirl said...

Speaking of sorrow, I watched this:
http://deathisnotdying.com/ today. If you find yourself with a spare hour (ha!) take a look. It's just staying with me...and I hope it continues to do so.

Speaking of joy, a new stack of library books and beef & noodles for dinner.

Raechel said...

Our favorite is white cheddar corn chowder. Mmm.

I share your sorrow today, Nicole.

A quote I heard recently:
When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, & you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight. Some of you say, "Joy is greater than sorrow," & others say, "Nay, sorrow is greater." But I say unto you, they are inseparable. Together they come, & when one sits alone with you at your board, remember that the other is asleep upon your bed. Verily you are suspended like scales between your sorrow & your joy.
-Kahlil Gibran

Kimberly said...

I like what Jenn said..sorry though. Whatever the benefits in the long run we never want to see someone we love suffer.

lulu and family said...

wow, that cable yoke jacket! and i hear what you mean about sorrow and can relate. some so hard that i have found it difficult to know how to pray and feel so lacking in my faith. prayercentral.org has been an encouragement.