Monday, October 11, 2010

Full days of simple gifts

A weekend to be thankful for, certainly. Here is TO, gorgeous, with butterflies and dragonflies, warming sun, and a house full of loving people coming and going. I am thankful for my friends and family, for their love.

In 1848, a Shaker by the name of Edler Joseph Brackett penned these lines, called Simple Gifts - one of my all time favourite pieces of music:

'Tis the gift to be simple, 'tis the gift to be free,

'Tis the gift to come down where we ought to be,

And when we find ourselves in the place just right,

'Twill be in the valley of love and delight.

When true simplicity is gain'd,

To bow and to bend we shan't be asham'd,

To turn, turn will be our delight,

Till by turning, turning we come round right.

Aaron Copeland used part of the melody in his own piece "Appalachian Spring" - which is a much more grandiose piece - but this small snippet of a song captures the essence of hope and faith - turning and facing life, and eventually coming round right. A hopeful anticipatory view of what is around the corner, certainly. We have to keep believing in this.
I find this link - the perfect [ok, if somewhat over the top sweet] way to end the Thanksgiving Weekend - done beautifully here by Yo Yo Ma and Alison Krauss. Someone pulled together some very lovely images - of children - it need be noted - in turning abandon. Why don't we grown ups abandon ourselves to the sun, dance, music or song!? What are we afraid of? Fear itself I suspect. Fear of ridicule, and loss of love. But I guess I believe eventually, all things come round right. I am a full-on sucky optimist.
Thank you all for the lovely, simple yet abundant gifts - bracelets, cookies, muffins, casseroles, real mail - like letters and cards, photos, jokes, flowers, vintage postcards, tickets to fun things, soft fuzzy clothes....and your time. Little chats, hugs, and warm moments each day are such an amazing gift to me. They compel me forward.
Friends and family have stepped out of the complicatedness of their lives and brought me such thought and care, and I am completely awestruck. Melissa's beautiful "Visitor's Quilt" is really a most humbling gift - so come on down and sign it as Melissa says - "all your family and friends can write you a little note when they come to visit. Like a cast it will hold the encouraging words from those that love you to support you when you're sick and will be a reminder of all those who were there for you that you can enjoy when you recover."
And have a cookie while you're at it. I have lots.

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