Wednesday, January 2, 2008
The holidays are over...
"Christmas in the neighborhood," Tim Connor, All rights reserved
Every year I'm more grateful for the human rituals -- the lights & music, the warm rooms, the gifts & the feasting & laughter. I play my part -- do my share to help push back the cold & darkness, which I know are metaphors for despair & for death.
But, as I struggle through shopping & put up the tree, as I gamely ask the near-stranger at the party how he's been, I also accept that I'm in some way separate, outside, one step removed from the festivities. It has always been this way & I'm certainly not complaining. I participate. I do my best to connect & sometimes I succeed.
Yet I'm relieved when the holidays are over.
There's a lyric by songwriter David Grey:
"If life is a living room
then I'm in the hall
and I'm glad..."