Today’s Perfect Moment comes courtesy of either lingering Yule feeling or collective laziness. Since it provided a wonderful moment, who am I to quibble over the circumstances.
This evening saw me on an quick errand for milk. This is largely because I indulge my coffee habit every morning and while I don’t take sugar, milk is necessary. My “cream only” sister is probably shaking with rage right now, but I need to get on to the perfect moment and can do nothing to assuage her ire.
My errand for milk would normally have seen me take a quick trip in the car. I am not lazy, but colder temperatures do not inspire me to walk. Fortunately, undeclared New Year’s Resolutions aim at getting fit and thus resulted in a walk rather than a drive. You see, I can combat some habits (like driving) while completely turning a blind eye to others (coffee addiction). Fortunately, it wasn’t nearly as cold as some other winter nights.
While walking back, thinking profound and less than profound thoughts, wondering about tonight’s hockey game, considering my lesson plans for tomorrow, and dreaming of unrequited loves, I came upon a house with Christmas lights. While not uncommon in the neighbourhood, these struck a chord with me.
Maybe it is because the houses on either side were unlit, or maybe because it was a house on the crest of a small incline, but these stood out. They were all white (clear? frosted?) and hung in an irregular curtain pattern. Their elegant simplicity reminded me that we are still in a beautiful season that when stripped of its rampant commerciality (they’ve moved onto Valentine’s Day) there is a wonderful spirit of peace, love and giving.