Friday, December 28, 2012
Christmas Past and Present
Charles Schulz used to put on a Christmas Ice Show every year we took the kids to when they were little. It was quite an extravaganza and attracted talent from all over the world. My kids would talk about it for weeks afterwards. My mom and dad loved accompanying them. We used to get a table on the ice so we could have hot chocolate served to us, and occasionally a celeb would come and sit with us for a minute or two.
Mr. Schulz had an office over the skating rink, and he used to draw some of his cartoon strips while watching kids learn to skate. All 4 of mine learned to ice skate there. Were they fodder for some of his content? I'd like to think so. Just think about the inspiration it is to watch little kids fall on the ice, all the dynamics of trying and failing, and the importance of keeping a stiff upper lip, even when you've just made a fool out of yourself. Life lessons, all of them.
I've been touched by all the posts from some of my fellow writing sisters, sharing their bit of family cheer of the season. Together we make a good quilt of different writers with different genres, but all chasing that elusive brass ring: write the best darned books we can, and get readers to notice them.
So back to my trees. Like these trees in the town square in Windsor, each of us decorates our posts with the things of our lives, of our characters, of our experiences and traditions. The sum of these parts is indeed not as great as the whole tapestry, that colorful living, breathing, ever-changing work of art that is this blog.
A special thanks to Danielle Ravencraft who has brought us all together. Happy New Year to all, but especially to Danielle.