Holidays are coming!
Some nights we think about everything and nothing. An emptiness fills us when we are deprived of the constant entertainment around us. When we clean out our closets, or set up our Christmas tree. When we find ourselves waiting in the car until the kids finish school, or standing in line at the supermarket. Moments of stillness that almost never occur, because we are so driven to take our phones at every possible moment. Maybe someone has called me, or sent me a message or like my FB-picture. And it’s fine. Really, I am not the one to go down on the social media hype. But tonight, as I feel the stillness of my room. The softness of my bed and the emptiness of my thoughts I feel the need to be exactly that.
Soon my grandfather will come, as he does every year, to teach me again in the art of taking time. Sure he will be up at 7, but everything he does is a ritual. Having breakfast means going to the bakery, setting the coffee, getting out the cheese and the jam and washing the dishes together afterwards. And then I haven’t even told you about lunch. Weighing potatoes, unfreezing meat and making sure we have soup as a starter. He makes a full time job out of something that would normally only cost me half an hour.
So every Christmas it takes me time to adjust to his pace, and he gets disgruntled at my hurry, but eventually we melt our speeds to a normal hustle. We walk hand in hand to my favourite coffee shop, take an hour and half to do the shopping and plan outings to match our afternoon nap. He will drink his glasses of wine in the evening and massage my feet while we watch Sissi for the millionth time and I will whine about his bad eating habits. When my friends visit he will make inappropriate jokes, cite poets and listen vividly to the conversations, before retiring to his room.
So on this blue Monday evening, deprived of my usual entertainment, I think about my grandfather and long for the time he will arrive. For one week of ‘Dulce far Niente’ (I should have that tattoeed!!).
So along with my longing for Christmas to come soon, I want to share my Christmas wishes with you all. It is a tad early, but happy holidays sweets.