I’m posting this photo in response to Jeanne @ Nolagirlatheart’s weekly photo prompt. The subject this week is “goodbye.” She chose to post a sunset photo, which is the perfect goodbye and so hard not to copy, but as I started un-decking the halls last night, I had this idea.
I love decorating for Christmas. Memories flood in when I unbox the tree ornaments of years past, dust off the snow globes, and string enough lights to temporarily double our carbon footprint. When the season is over, I pack everything away with a little sadness. I try to do this by the beginning of the year, which is harder to do when it doesn’t fall on a weekend. Waiting any longer feels like I’m trying to hang on to the past. I don’t flip through my yearbook pining for younger days, or read old love letters fantasizing about old flames, so I will embrace the present (and future) here, too.
After everyone went to bed, I had the feeling of being watched as I erased our traces of Christmas.
Yeah, it felt kind of like this.
As I untied the 79 bows from our stair spindles and dropped them in the bag, I couldn’t shake the feeling. Even though I was sober (maybe spiced eggnog would’ve helped?) the feeling only grew stronger.
I guess it was all in my head.
Or, maybe I was the subject of covert stalking (cats, FBI agents, and serial killers do this.) It couldn’t have had anything to do with me removing all bright red cat toys! In retrospect, purchasing red bows with bells was probably not the best idea, but I’ll still put them up next year. Even kitties should enjoy the festivity of the season. Besides, it’s an inexpensive distraction from the allure of the always-fascinating Christmas tree 🙂
I’m here typing this on Thursday morning, so I can rule out being watched by the FBI or a serial killer.
Or… maybe they’re coming back tonight. In that case, this post title will become an eerie premonition to my fate. But wait. “For now” implies I’ll return… I don’t want to be a ghost blogger.
Whoa there, imagination! Two days into it, I think it’s safe to say we’re all saying our final goodbyes to 2013, with our feet steadying in the New Year. Apparently, I’m carrying through my paranoia and odd sense of humor into the New Year. Life is better when enjoyed with old friends, right? 😛 I hope yours is off to a fabulous start!
Do you look forward to the new year, or miss the one that just ended?