Holiday Wish

Early in the month I decided that I would not write about anything to do with dementia for this post.  Yuck!  What a downer.  So I got out the travel journals.  I read a particularly funny episode to my Bert.  He does not remember but it was good enough to elicit a response.  With a look of wonder he said; “We did that?” and declared that it was ‘good’.  I was still not inspired.

Then early this morning on my way to the kitchen to put the kettle on  I glanced at the dancing coloured lights on the balcony roof and stopped as my spirit lifted.   It was still dark out and the only light inside came from the Christmas tree and decorations.  Part of our Christmas decorating is a laser light placed on the balcony so that it covers the ceiling and one wall with dancing lights in ever changing combinations that appear to be moving, twinkling stars. 

“Bert, come here.  Come look at the lights on the roof.”  I pointed upward and my Bert laughed with delight.  His eyes opened wide with wonder.  As the shapes shifted, as clusters became individual little stars, as the green and blue, and red vied to outshine one another, Bert went right up close to the window and just laughed aloud again.  “They are really pretty”, he said.  I agreed and laughed along with him.

There was a knock.  Our helper was here to get my Bert ready for the day.  Reluctantly he turned and went to the bathroom. A memory inserted itself.  I remembered how my Bert would be ecstatic at the dawn of the Winter Solstice.  Every year he would rub his hands together and laughingly declare: “Hah, tomorrow we will have about two more minutes of daylight.”   It was never the longest night but the shortest day.  My Bert loves light and this holiday season.  He greeted the march to longer daylight with the exuberance of a child.

My holiday wish to you along with health, happiness, joy, love is that you will encounter many small miracles.  May sunshine light your path and happy moments be your constant companions throughout the coming year.


The Meander:   Every night before bed my Bert laughs with the lights. He will do that tonight. Each time it is a new experience. That is good. This morning my Bert and I held hands and for just a brief moment in time we lived among stars. Worth repeating and we will.

17 thoughts on “Holiday Wish”

  1. Paula, beautiful photo. You look so young. Just a little change in hair color when we were at XLCR. Whatever you are doing- KEEP IT UP GIRL👍

    Glennor Shirley

    1. You do know how to make a fellow student from ages gone by feel good. I have seen your picture too and others. Let us just say we must have been a good vintage!

  2. I love that. You are ageless. I believe we met 25 years ago @ ALA function. Few people have what you and Bert have shared. Beautiful couple inside out!

    1. Thank you! I do believe my Bert and I are blessed.
      I think we met 27 or 28 years ago. Where did the time go? Good to keep in touch with friends like you.


  3. Lovely picture, glad you posted it again as I couldn’t download the last one.
    Warmest wishes for a happy time at Christmas and all the best in the New Year.

  4. Although we may not comment often, we are on this journey with you… so many reasons to admire you! Take care, have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Hugs to you both.
    Linda Me, my toothbrush and Jim are off to Peru and Ecuador in the new year.

  5. Hi Paula!
    Although our comments may be few and far between we are on the journey with you….and admire you for so many reasons. Take good care over the Holidays….Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
    Linda Me, my toothbrush and Jim are off to Peru and Ecuador this winter! :>)

  6. Merry Christmas to you and your Bert. May God continue to bless you both and treasure every glimpse of reality that your Bert has. Walk in light and in His presence

  7. Dear Paula,
    You have such a gift of making us become aware that the most precious things in life are in the smallest details around us that we so often take for granted.
    Apart from your admirably positive attitude and your wonderful mastery of the English language, your exceptional capacity to see and share the wonders of life is for me the most beautiful Christmas gift you could offer us.
    Warmest best wishes and Merry Christmas!

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