In this most busy time of the year
there is nothing more special, more important to me,
than the dark silence of early morning.
I sneak downstairs, gently squeezing light switches on, dimmers on low so not to wake others in the house and prepare a cup of espresso splashed with steamed milk.
I sip silently next to the Christmas tree,
just letting the essence of the season settle into my heart.
Trying too hard just seems pointless and unproductive.
This particular gentle morning
it's just me, Miss Daisy snoring at my feet and Hank pleading with me with her big green eyes to turn on the tap--just one more time!--so that she can play with the dripping water.
Today will be the last of the prepping for the weekend...perhaps a pate and some gourgéres for the freezer?
One more present to wrap,
finishing touches to the Christmas lunch shopping list,
Iron the napkins
and then a long walk with Miss Daisy on The Common.
to be with you."
I wish you all a Gentle Christmas.