Today’s prompt is vibrant, which could be absolutely anything at all that’s bright and striking. Yesterday, I asked for suggestions of what to paint in my full post, and Sarah suggested a Christmas window with reflections. As I was thinking about this and admiring my tree today, I realized it was completely covered in shiny and whimsical reflections. The kind that not only reflect all of the color and light around, but if you glance at it just right, it can reflect a bit of your heart. A window into a time when nothing but absolute wonder would ever do during this wonderful season. As a kid, I would see my reflection on those ornaments and it felt like I was jumping inside them. Traveling to a magical world where I’d been shrunk to the size the tiniest elf and could explore unknown lands. And every year, even as more gray hair appears on my head, I’m determined to go on that same journey. As each little light glows around me and everything nearby begins to glitter, life shines more beautiful than ever. And I’m totally ready to play and be merry!
Philippe and I have been browsing Amazon in search of things to add to our wish lists. It’s basically the adult version of a list for Santa, only more convenient than writing a letter. This act is combined with subtle suggestions like when we were in Target yesterday and I casually pointed to the lava lamps and screamed loudly, “I want one of those!! Seriously! I totally want one!” Exuberant bursts like this can sometimes have an ill effect, though, as Philippe wants nearly every gift to be a surprise. This is lovely when you’re good at gifting, like he is, but a bit disconcerting when you’re… well… me. I prefer to have a clear indication of desire for nearly all of the gifts and pepper in some surprises around that for decoration. This year, I even starting jotting things down when Philippe mentioned them, but only had to cross them off when he simply bought them for himself. That’s the other side effect of being an adult. You don’t have to ask your parents first. Well, I guess, there’s still that “certain amount” that requires spousal approval. It’s different for everyone, but it exists just the same.
Most of my wish list has remained the same since I was a kid. It’s all toys, books, and electronics. I don’t want socks or anything sensible at all, because I’m an adult and perfectly capable of buying those things for myself. And when I was a kid, I didn’t want those things I needed because my mother would have bought them for me anyway. Though, yeah, since I can’t see my face properly at all times, those nose clippers Philippe snuck into my stocking one year were rather helpful, I guess. Even so, my wish list is full of things I absolutely do not need! It’s an amazing list that feels almost magical as an adult. It’s simply a list of wants. How rare is that?! Those things that I’ve talked myself out of having for months or even years, because, of course, I don’t really need them. But if life were built out of only needs it would be a terribly dull proposition indeed. Beautifully primal, to be sure, but I’m not a squirrel. I want things that do more than keep me alive. I want the things that remind me of being that kid again so I can feel truly alive! And, I wait each year for this chance to experience that amazing opportunity to enjoy a window to childhood.
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