Yes, it is sappy. But it is worth repeating: I am so grateful to the friends who have been by my side this year.
Anyone who has been through rough times knows that those are the moments when you really find out who your friends are. Some people disappear after muttering a few polite sentiments; some even blow up, releasing pent up hostility you might not have even known was lurking. No matter. With time, it all gets sorted out: either you decide some relationships are too toxic to carry forward, or you forgive, or at least forget. There is an art to letting go, though I am still looking for the instruction manual I misplaced.
Trouble seems to occupy more conversational airtime than happiness; think about all the time you spend complaining and bemoaning. When, come to think of it, was the last time I called a friend to exclaim gleefully? That'll have to change. In the meantime, here's thanks to all of you who have joined the conversation at Slow Love Life.
And thanks to my friend, the extraordinarily talented Frances Palmer, for first putting a camera in my hands. I visited her studio and her frozen garden last month, and recently asked her to create a limited edition of hand made holiday ornaments for readers of Slow Love Life. One's a zinnia, one a cactus dahlia; the petals go to the edge on one design, and are bordered on another. One even has a small pocket to hold buds or branches. The gorgeous snow-drenched flowers measure about four inches across.
You can buy the flower ornaments by linking here to Frances' website. I think anything handmade is the perfect way to express the values of slow love--and I'm glad to be able to share my enthusiasm with all of you.