Advent Activities

November 28, 2018


Tree-time!  I like laying out the ornaments by category. Note the grid afforded by the blanket.


And the result:


The plastic birds from my crib-mobile achieved antique status some years ago and are still going strong.


Moving from domestic to public I installed a ‘wealth of bells’ at church, to illustrate the seasons of Advent and Christmas.





Finally, it was my joy yesterday morning to keep my granddaughter at her house.  When she called me to her chamber, indicating it was time for her to rise from her infant bed, we prolonged the process:  while she engaged her morning prayers (rise to knees, prostrate oneself upon one’s blanket, repeat, repeat…) I opened the blinds on a crystalline day, which threw light onto her wall, which she examined by touching it.  We played peep-eye for awhile through the bars (slats?)  I waggled my grandmotherly thumb.  She turned her gaze thoughtfully to her own.

Finally I swooped her up and put her on her rug and she speed-crawled to her bookshelf, where she selected a board book called Women Who Changed the World.  My first time to see this one and oh it is excellent. We went through it several times.  She quivered, she shook her head not in negation but evidently to say this is so good it can’t even be real. When I did an especially nice job of dramatic reading, she turned and looked into my face with amazement.

In the background of the astronaut page, a spacecraft window through which one could see a tiny Earth.  Each time we came to this page she touched the Earth.

Well, my darling, the regard is mutual!





Author: Phoebe Dishman

Phoebe H. Dishman was born and raised in Beaumont, Texas. She is a wife, mother, and grandmother. An essayist and poet, she teaches adult Sunday school, compiles a monthly prayer calendar, edits the Big Thicket Association quarterly bulletin, and keeps a keen eye and ear open for birds.

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