and since we’ve no place to go











































i know there are things to be said about Christmas,

but the truth is it was as Christmas always is,

some good, some bad, some readjusting

and what i really want to say here is how i have loved

the preparing this year, carefully selecting her presents

(and realising on Christmas morning that we need to go way

more simple in future)

and Christmas Eve, baking, wrapping, cooking, dancing,

and today, all three of us with our wellies on,

her treasures brought back from the woods

and then napping with her, for two hours.

what i love about it all though, the good and the bad of it all,

is that it reaffirms my strongest feelings

about doing it as simply as possible, about the importance

of noticing, of being still, of allowing

which is a hard thing to do, especially at Christmas,

but I think we learnt from the things we got right and the things

we didn’t and I think we have a great deal of things to do

this year, this coming year and I am eager to go ahead and just

do them all, but number one should really be,

‘take a breath and slow down’.

and I am trying.


About Kendal

I'm Kendal Mosley-Chalk. I live in York with my husband and four children.
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