02 December 2010

december.

‘tis the season when the sky thickens to clotted cream, and snowdust tendrils crawl the streets like serpentine wraiths. when nougat clouds spit ice and the wind bites and scrapes at our mittenless skin.

don’t get me wrong, folks. early winter has this haunted beauty i can get behind, all luminescence and glitter. i just wish the whole production didn’t have to be quite so, you know. cold.


just beginning.


peel me back, and i guess i’m a perennial island girl at the core, still craving warmth and light. and so we put flames to waxed candles and burrow soft in fleecy blankets, stir a tortilla soup to a low simmer on the stove.





we bake sturdy cookies, shuffle cards, read books with pictures printed slick and bright or conjured out of phrases deftly spun.











we make our own warmth, work up our own light, burn away the shadowy things and rejoice for this season that makes us huddle close.

together.


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11 comments:

Dana @ Bungalow'56 said...

Living in vvvery cccold Northern Canada, your post warmed me right up. Now I'm craving some Tortilla soup... and a Snuggie.
Dana
lovely photos as always.

Anonymous said...

I have never had tortilla soup - but I might just give it a try sometime. I enjoy your writing! Keep it all for your book.
mary g

Kati patrianoceu said...

I too think the world would be in good shape without the cold. And I too believe that cold is worth it when it can be used as an excuse for duvets, hot chocolate, and huddling!

ELK said...

a gentle . warm . moment shared here.. love seeing the reading images ...

Farmgirl Paints said...

i knew this was an emily post...so pretty. i dread the cold too. why...is winter so bitter!

Courtney Walsh said...

gorgeous imagery, in both word and pictures. Beautiful.

emily wierenga said...

for some reason i got teary reading this. i think, yearning for these simple times, for the sitting in a chair beside favorite stuffy ... for the safety and warmth of candles while sky clots cream outside (i love that)... utterly beautiful. thank you so much for linking, nic.

Nancy said...

I, too, wish the production didn't have to be so, you know, COLD! That line made me smile.

Mahina said...

That tortilla soup looks delicious! Love the words and pictures.

ELK said...

a gentle . warm . moment shared here.. love seeing the reading images ...

Kati patrianoceu said...

I too think the world would be in good shape without the cold. And I too believe that cold is worth it when it can be used as an excuse for duvets, hot chocolate, and huddling!