Tuesday, February 14, 2012
A Midwinter Pause For Pink Hearts And Cheesecake
Valentine's Day is not a grand, elaborate venture in our home, but there's a rhythm, regardless, that we've developed over the years. We usually spend a few days getting the home tidied and I bake a cake (this year I made a New York-style cheesecake with a shortbread crust). Alex is at home and makes us a brunch, and we exchange cards, sometimes homemade, sometimes not, and we have something sweet for the kids, too. And we always have flowers of some sort on the table. We talk about how a month from now will be Olivia's birthday (her fifteenth!), followed by Easter on the vernal equinox. We have known since Imbolc (Feb 2), that spring is stirring, beneath the soil, on tree tips with fattening buds, and soon, the sap will be flowing.
Valentine's Day this year, felt like a pause, full of pretty pink things and sweetness, during what has a been a somewhat worrying and anxious winter. Sometimes life is like that. Sometimes there's stuff and sometimes it's not even our stuff, but it's stuff that pokes holes in our days, that drains us of energy, nonetheless. As for my absence from this space, know that I simply needed to devote time and thought to well, other stuff, for a bit.
As I look to getting back into the blogging swing as winter enters its final weeks, I'll start by sharing a bit of our Valentine's Day with you. And Dear Reader, thank you for understanding.