I received a supportive email from a friend last week that read:
...keep your eyes peeled for the gifts: A golden slant of sunlight on the snow; holiday lights twinkling red and green on wet streets; cardinals, chickadees and sparrows on the feeders and in the trees.
Your heartlight is glowing.
It's been awhile since I've had my eyes peeled for gifts. I've been too sad, tired and stressed for peeling my eyes, but when I read Blue Wren's pretty words, it was a reminder that there are gifts everywhere, if I would only look.
Like in my yahoo email inbox the last week or two.
Getting emails from Jeddie Ningo, updating me on the progress of his work on our holiday songs the last three years has been a true gift. Every one of them makes me smile. If he's not calling me a vocal Godzilla, he's writing to say that his computer went tits-up, and another time, it went boobies-up and then finally, one night he was so happy with his mixing that he emailed me to say... it's jugs, knockers, hooties, tomatoes. Yeah, it's melons. (Musician talk. Means "I approve wholeheartedly.")
And he's writing all that when he's not emailing me links to bad Christmas song porn.
I've had a blast doing our last two songs, but this year I had even more fun. There's nothing stressful or sad about working with Jeddie Ningo on this music. Or working with The Skimmer on the artwork. And when I say "working" with them, I really mean thanking them and being grateful for how great they both really are.
They are gifts, making my heartlight glow. As are all of you.
So, I give thanks for them, thanks for all of you and Thanks for Christmas!