Jerry and I traveled to Denver today to see our daughter and son-in-law graduate from University of Colorado. I'm proud of them, of course. They have a two year old and a baby on the way, both work full time - and they've done this, too! When I looked at all those happy, contented faces of the graduates - and all the parents and friends who have one way or another supported those young people - well, I just got a bit teary eyed. Our young people have a whole new world to transform, nurture, and grow old in. Possibly a New Order as well where careful and loving stewardship of this earth and each other becomes a priority for every living being. I believe they can do it.
I've got some gifts to wrap and I still haven't fully trimmed the tree. It's different when there aren't any young children around to motivate me anymore. I did manage to get a wreath made from the extra boughs rather than buy one this year.
Wreath making is a bit harder than it looks I've discovered. My branches were maybe too large to work with and as a result tended to go every which way as I fastened them to the wire base. After fighting with them for awhile I googled "wreath making". Some directions say to cut little boughs 6 inches long and wrap small bunches of these with wire before attaching them to the base. I found that I could tame it down a bit with a ribbon wrap which isn't the sleek, wreathy perfection that I had envisioned, alas! But, it'll do just fine.
The moon was at perigee last night - the closest it has been to the Earth in 15 years. It just hung there in a magical sort of way, didn't it? Here's a photo from the London Guardian which informs that the moon looked 15% larger and 30% brighter than other full moons will this year.
Enjoy your weekend.