I’ve been feeling guilty lately for not having written on this blog in months and months. I hope to catch up soon with Genevieve’s birthday post (way late!) and Luke’s birth story (even more late!), but in the meantime, I’m trying to honor the present and accept the demands of the moment. I’m thinking about the ending of Little House in the Big Woods, which we have been reading to Genna each night before bed. Last night, Daddy finished it with her, and here is what it said:
“When the fiddle had stopped singing Laura called out softly, ‘What are the days of auld lang syne, Pa?’
‘They are the days of a long time ago, Laura,’ Pa said. ‘Go to sleep, now.’
But Laura lay awake a little while, listening to Pa’s fiddle softly playing and to the lonely sound of the wind in the Big Woods. She looked at Pa sitting on the bench by the hearth, the fire-light gleaming on his brown hair and beard and glistening on the honey-brown fiddle. She looked at Ma, gently rocking and knitting.
She thought to herself, ‘This is now.’
She was glad that the cosy house, and Pa and Ma and the fire-light and the music, were now. They could not be forgotten, she thought, because now is now. It can never be a long time ago.”