Instead we gather around us those dear ones that mean something to us, we pull tight the lovely threads that have slipped and loosened, carefully, with sure and steady fingers we weave them back into the fabric that is Us. And there they lie once more, caught fast, held tight, blending brightly and perfectly, just where they always were.
We have spent the last week catching up with family and friends, establishing new bonds, reaffirming old ones, attempting to stay warm.
Tonight, the house is quiet, little heads already slumber on fragrant pillows, sleep staving off the inevitability of school tomorrow.
After almost a month off, between snow and holidays, we brace ourselves for dawn.
Fie!! Fie!! Oh, most dastardly drudge! We do not like thee, no we do NOT!!
We DO like pajama days and lie-ins, and games late into the night,
and snowmen and endless, lazy meals with dearlings, (and a glass of wine or two along with it,)
and nowhere in particular to be, and a long neglected clock that may or may not still be correct,
and pancake mornings that seem to go on and on and on forever,
and many a moonlit dash through the sparkling garden, down the dark, dark path,
into the welcome glow, for tea or games or chat,
and the journeys together to join hands with family,
like the needle that pulls the thread, tracing back over each stitch yet again,
and the gathering of happiness that closes in around us,
and most of all,