But. . .
I will finish marking today, collate grades (lots of arithmetic!), and then transfer the marks digitally so that the term is truly done.
I went to yoga this morning, and I recognized how tightly marking, knitting, sitting, and being ill for ten days had wound my muscles. Lovely, lovely, lovely Shavasana. . .
I got an iPhone e-mail from my sister in response to one I'd sent the Listserv that is my huge extended family. I'd conveyed my regrets that we wouldn't be able to join my siblings and their families at the Christmas Eve potluck one of my sisters hosts every year -- the 15 or 20 nieces and nephews who show up usually offer some kind of musical and dramatic performance, there's a gift exchange, lots of yummy food, and the once or twice we've managed to attend it's been wonderful.
But, as I wrote them all, we'd be sticking with our own small crew, and exchanging the joys of a big crowd for the wonders of a few very small people.
And my baby sister (she's 15 years younger than I am, so although she's got four kids of her own, she'll always be baby to me) wrote back:
Right way to rub it in that you have the little people. As if u even need food....
Isn't she cute? And right? At any rate, she made me laugh!
So maybe we are heading back into the light. . . if we know how to look for it, I suspect we'll find it.
As yesterday afternoon, when I looked out the window to catch this view (we face East, by the way, so this is an odd meteorological thing that happens from time to time, a reflection of the sunset, rather than the sunset itself).
Getting work finished. Yoga. Love and humour from siblings. Tiny new people. Unexpected beauty in the world around us. . . .All of this, and more, I hope you find your own version of, to bring you light.