It’s a Party People!

It was a year, the year when nothing was as it should be.

Warm rain instead of frosty snow. The tree dropping its needles in less than a week.

Kids not interested in garland or twinkling lights on the porch.

The piano silent, no off-tune carols sung around it.

Cookies burned or shunned as too many carbs.

Every expectation like a reflection, blurred and reversed.

Until it occurred to me, the one thing that hadn’t changed or been altered,

The reason for the memories of the past and the joys yet to come.

This is a celebration however it’s wrapped.


It’s holiday time with so many celebrating something. This post is a tribute to how often these events can disappoint unless we remember the reason we are doing it all in the first place. Photo prompt kudos go to Dale Rogerson as part of Rochelle Wisoff’s Friday Fictioneer challenge. 1 photo, 100 words, tell the story.

16 responses to “It’s a Party People!”

  1. Everything changes and morphs as our lives do. It’s up to us to find a way to celebrate! Nicely done 🙂

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  2. Dear Clare,

    Sounds a little like our Christmas morning. Used to be filled with kids getting us up early. Squealing over their gifts. Fighting. Now it’s the two of us. This year we didn’t even open our gifts until after we’d showered and had breakfast. Still a sweet celebration.
    Evocative piece you’ve written, my dear.

    Shalom and Happy New Year,

    Rochelle

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    1. Many thanks for your kind words, Rochelle. Celebration really is on purpose! May your home be blessed with even more sweet memories in the new year!

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  3. I agree with Sandra; spot on. And yes, if only trifle had fewer carbs! Yum!

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  4. Fantastic message. Not all Christmas’ are perfect, some are better than others. Make the most of it.

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  5. Amen, Clare. Beautiful prose.

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    1. Thank you for that generous comment!

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  6. A charming contemplation. Nicely done.

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    1. Thanks, glad you liked it.

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  7. But—it’s the carbs that keep us warm in the cold weather! Right?

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    1. Sounds like truth to me!

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  8. I think you’re spot on with that observation. Well done.

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    1. Thank you, Sandra!

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  9. There’s been a lot of that in the last few years. In years when everything seems wrong, why should holidays be any different? You’re right though. There’s a reason this is the holiday season. People needed reasons to celebrate and break free from the doldrums of the short, cold, dark, dreary, winter days. If only they came with fewer carbs.

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    1. True and second the less carbs wish…those cookies and pastries, and breads and…

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  10. Interesting reflection, Clare. And, of course, in the mirror worlds, the kids can be right in one, and the parents in another. Maybe the secret is in the mirroring

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