Sunday, January 1, 2012

A Child Again

Susan Branch is one of my favorite artists. She is a talented writer, illustrator, author and her cookbooks transport me back to wonderful childhood memories. Her Christmas post was about a dinner party that she held recently. As eight dinner guests sat around a beautiful holiday meal, candles glowing, wine glasses sparkling...someone said, "You can always see the kid in a person if you look closely." There was a hush over the chatty table, guests leaned forward looking into the faces of each other. Suddenly they were transported back in time, little girls in party dresses and black patent shoes swinging back and forth under the table...little boys squirming and fidgeting in their seats trying to be good!

What an insightful notion, that inside each of us....especially at Christmas, is that wide-eyed child of long ago. Waiting and hoping for snow on Christmas or that one special present under the tree. Thrilled with the simple pleasures of the lights on the Christmas tree or that delicious coziness of flannel pajamas and a hot cup of cocoa topped with marshmallows.

Let this be our resolution for the New Year, to allow ourselves to recapture that sweet magic of childhood. To keep kindness and good in our hearts and expect good things to happen. We all need that special quality of youth to give us hope and encouragement for the hard days ahead.

Happy 2012!


  1. I love the idea of seeing everyone as the child within! Wouldn't we all be a lot better off if we did that?

  2. I'd like to capture some of my childhood energy... just a little of it!

    Happy New Year!

  3. Joycee
    It's a wonderful plan for us all!
    I'll give it a try!

  4. Ditto!!!... Happy 2012!....

  5. Joyce, I think that is one reason I so enjoyed the Christmas season this year. I did feel like a child again playing and enjoying things with Darbee Rae. Yes, we would all be better off if we were as humble as a little child and had their faith. A good resolution for the new year.

  6. Happy New Year!
    One of my best friends LOVES Susan Branch and always buys her calendar.
    xo, Cheryl


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