2. One last time, you sift through the pile of holiday cards that have slowly gathered dust, re-reading the newsy letters and savoring the photos of sweet loved ones rarely seen. And then you finally tuck last Christmas away for good. The photos gather with other momentos in an old bread box biding its time on a shelf in the pantry. Everything else is, sad to say, tossed. Except for a very special few keepers.
3. You rejoice in winter's departure as you bask in the sun's luminous rays, lounging on your back porch, sunglasses on your face and bare feet wiggling in delight at their new-found freedom. And 24 hours later you face the elements ensconced in parka, hat, scarf, and gloves, hoping those same feet don't slide out from under you as you tread gingerly on a sheet of ice.
4. You say 'yes' to a DQ run even though you've gotta sit in the truck with the heater going full blast while you dive into your small chocolate Blizzard with extra Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. And with eyes closed in decadent ecstasy, you linger over every last creamy spoonful. Even if you're wrapped up in a blanket like someone's granny. Which you realize you are. 6 times over.
5. And ... this image here. It took my breath away. Entrancing, winsome, delightful, yes? I just want to lean back in the stillness and quietly watch this craftsman unfurl his labor of love.