The sound of a home coming to life, with children and parents going through their morning routines, is a wonderful way to start the day. Especially when you play very little role in the hustle or bustle of the meeting a schedule.
It is 35 degrees outside, but the sun will soon warm the day and the quiet will return when the family leaves. There is much to be thankful for, and much to consider for the future.
Last night we visited "The Barnyard" where we saw the horses, cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, and rabbits. Oh yes, Santa stopped by as well. It was a small family commitment to sharing, and it was slow speed, quiet, and fun. Fun in the way I remember things in my youth, no high techology, no glitzy displays, just friendly people and rambuncious kids. We stood around a fire chatting with another family, who were on their way to Rhode Island for Naval War College. Their children fed the young calf that wandered amongst them.
This is a wonderful time of the year. Merry Christmas to all!