Monday, December 29, 2008

Manic Monday: Tradition

While the word tradition leaves much to be interpretted, I tire of it in the sense that I believe traditions should happen quite naturally rather than be thought, created, re-thought, analyzed, announced, planned, prepared for, executed and immortalized for all eternity. There is something in that process that takes the beauty out of it for me. I love the idea of things happening... just happening...just because....because people enjoy them. I don't like strict agenda's and I do not enjoy the hustle and bustle that takes away from the things that matter most.

Christmas Eve was a perfect example of this beautiful simplicity. The way things shook out we spent a quiet evening at my Mother's. We enjoyed one another without an agenda or time frame. There were no expectations or constrictions. We ate a nice meal with no pomp or circumstance. We watched the Hallmark channel together while I wrapped presents and my Mom knitted. The boys all went to bed early and the kids were asleep. It was perfect and I hope to spend many more Christmas Eve's like this in the quiet glow of love and warmth!

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On the B Side: Quiet moments that aren't big grandiose plans seem to bring the most reflection, and enjoyment for me. I love my family so much more than any words could possibly accurately express. For this reason I experience and feel great love and also for this reason my heart quietly aches in the wake of those passed and particularly in the distance that time, space and geography bring. Why does PA have to be so far from UT??? xoxo

9 shout outs:

Jamie said...

Serendipity may cause upheavals now and then, but as with you, I like just letting things happen. There is a lot to be said for quiet joy.

Kaci said...

I agree...if you lived in PA then you'd only be one state away from me. LOL!

Linda said...

There is definitely a lot to be said for just letting things take their course and not trying to fit them into perfect little niches.

Polly said...

Peace and calm is a beautiful tradition!

Lois Grebowski said...

I prefer the quiet times...

Clancy In Idaho said...

Thanks for this. It suited my mood and gave me blog fodder. I love you!

Kristin said...

You make a good point. However, some traditions at least need to be a little planned (Christmas Eve is at Grandpa's etc). At least where we're going to be... a little! I do agree though that it can be ruined by a strict agenda. We need to just relax and enjoy!

Krystal the Pistol said...

*sniff sniff* why is Utah so far away???

Rebecca said...

couldn't agree more. You know just last night I day dreamed about spontaneous moments that surely break tradition. One example was wedding rings and how so many people shoot for the biggest rock and I pondered on how touched I would be by a ring a man made with his bare hands or randomly picked up the closest thing around (e.g. the tie sting for loafs of bread, etc) for the sake of a great moment of proposing the instant he realized he wants to marry me. Love doesn't increase in value by the size of the ring, the symbol is still the same. To find the one you want to spend your life with is tricky enough, I say leave all those rings at the store and just grab that tie string and walk through life with me with your bank account still in tact.

No, I'm not engaged and no one 'popped the question', I'm just saying :)

Am I weird for having day dreams like these or just simply a romantic?