New Year’s Eve, 2018

My youngest grandson
always chooses animals from the crèche –
walking around with a cow
tight in his small hand,
or a sheep, a donkey, a dove,
the camel with the funny expression.

He holds them up for us to see,
then turns and pets the dog
who follows him
because he is reliable source
of much scattered food.

I watch him — determined,
but a little unsteady
on his course around the house,
and I am reminded —

the beasts are friendly,
and the children will lead us.

I am packing up pieces of Christmas
as we turn to New Year,
what I will need to hold tightly
from this story
on my small path through the days
till advent comes again.

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7 Responses to New Year’s Eve, 2018

  1. I love this, Maren, both the image and the application. Our creche here in Ecuador includes indigenous animals — a white alpaca, a blue footed booby, a Galapagos tortoise, a bright yellow grosbeak. And our African friends — giraffes, elephants, water buffalo. A white squirrel from North Carolina. A couple of dogs. Truly an eclectic manger scene.

  2. Maren says:

    O how wonderful. I covet a picture!!!!

  3. These images say a lot!
    Blessings in this New Year Maren! Thank you! You’ve been an inspiration!

  4. Maren says:

    And thank you, cleo, for reading and for your incredible blog, Park and Pray!

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