Monday, 28 December 2015
It all must go on
As is customary at this time of year we've been reflecting on the last 12 months. High times and low times... we've felt them all in 2015! We're making plans and crafting changes for the coming year in every possible way with one caveat - it could all change in a moment. Turns out that an out of province move that we have zero control over when it happens translates into a bizarre, suspended reality. It's little tough to take at times but lessons for the children must go on, wholesome meals must be made, the laundry must be done and our home must be cared for. The multitude of daily tasks don't stop just because we are waiting on a move oh no.
At this time of year, I should be planning my garden and ordering seed to fill gaps in my stash, but with no move date and a long list of soil building and water harvesting activities to do first (at the new house), it's utterly pointless. All my usual seasonal planning activities aren't happening which has me spinning like a compass on the Bermuda Triangle. In place of those activities, I'm now planning a second semester of home schooling because we thought we'd have relocated by now and the kids would be settled in school.
With all the "not knowing" floating around our home, Solstice was a milestone we could count on with certainty. I in particular, clung to the date as if it were a life ring. Knowing that our days are now lengthening somehow gives me strength to face the continuing uncertainty. I'm thankful for this gift...
Speaking of gifts, after much consideration we decided to adopt a kitten. We've had enough time to heal from losing our youngest feline and we were ready to love another little one. Meet "Elsa". She's already proven that she'll be an excellent mouser and our older cat is thriving with a new playmate in the house. Elsa is a wonderfully happy distraction from all the uncertainty and is a playful tonic for us all.
In spite of all the uncertainty, we have much to be thankful for. Each other, our health, an opportunity to grow and change in the coming year and the freedom to do so. None of those things is small and insignificant - each one is huge and wonderful.