Monday, December 19, 2011

This, Too, Is Christmas

Christmas comes in unexpected ways and unplanned moments. Four generations gather; casual conversation turns to deep and little ones ask about Christmases past. They sit wide-eyed listening to stories about life when little boys slept three in a bed and there was no money for presents or even Christmas trees.

Great-grandpa shares long-go memories and puts things treasured  into young hands;

Grandfathers and grandsons lean into one another;

a Grandson brings Grandma into his world;

the children ask about the spinning wheel that lives in the corner of the living room and watch in fascinated wonder;

the girls spy the wedding dress in the portrait hanging in the bedroom and wonder ...
yes, she has it stored away on the high shelf in the closet.

I watched through tear-dimmed eyes as years were woven into story and the story became a part of young hearts. Family - drawn together by words and love and memories passed from one generation to the next.

This, too, is Christmas.

Linking to Laura today:



Linds said...

Exactly, Linda. You have captured it beautifully - and oh, your Mum spins! How wonderful!
Merry Christmas to you and all those you love.

S. Etole said...

What a wonderful knitting together of past, present and future.

Laura said...

And this is beauty. He does come in so many different ways. That is just like Love.

I'm so glad to see you keeping such good company, Linda! Memory-making is the richest of work.

Dawn said...

So lovely!

Nancy said...

I think I would have watched teary-eyed, too. Merry Christmas, Linda.

Brenda said...

That's what its all about isn't it! Beautiful post.
Merry CHRISTmas!

lil red hen said...

I love seeing children enchanted by the lessons they can learn from a grandmother. Your pictures tell it

ells said...

oh such sweetness here...comes through every picture...this is celebration:)

deb colarossi said...

LInda this is exquisite.

Beth said...

My children were blessed to have their great-grandparents in their lives. My son's day-care person now lives in his great-grandparents' house, so we still get to walk into it and feel the memories.
My parents helped raise and influence them and their dad's are still alive and sharing.
Such a blessing and yes, this too is Christmas.
Beautiful, Linda. (It's good to be back reading posts and posting.)

Sandy said...

These precious pictures bring joy just looking at them. Thank you for taking the time to share them and your thoughts. Family is everything and I hope you and yours have a blessed time this Christmas, Linda.

emily wierenga said...

oh, how you tenderly weave together these photos, dear linda... i see it all through your teary eyes, and it is christmas indeed. i love you friend. i hope it is a merry one. xo

Sandra Heska King said...

This leaning in, this weaving of generations. Beautiful. Just beautiful.

Abba's Girl said...

I feel as though I was celebrating family and love with you.