Humming the beautiful tune about girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes…snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes…silver white winters that turn into springs… I reflect about what makes my list of Favorite Things.
Wednesday — rrrrr, a hectic day of running all over town, wrapping and finally getting off an out of state package, suddenly realizing I needed some pantry staples in anticipation of a snow advisory set to cloak our world beginning the next day. Weary and snapping at annoyances round me in late afternoon, I made one last stop…for eggs.
Oh, it’s hard to resist the buckets of fresh flowers at the front of that store...lovely as an outdoor florist display on a French green in spring! Suddenly, I found myself craving…a red rose.
Only $2. Choose one, wisped a thought. A tiny reminder of my joy over you…
And coming home, placing it in my white pitcher, the remembrance of this Santa plate – a gift from a mutual vintage loving friend one Christmas – popped to mind. Rummaging in my closet, I unwrapped it from its tissue hiding place.
Now, gracing my kitchen counter, just below and katty corner to the window, the glory of that red and white soars my spirit each time I enter.
And…Four days later, the rose remains perfect! I love how it speaks to me of His many-colored coat of wonders He brings our way, calling us to look for and find them in each day… sometimes to gift to others, sometimes like a card written just to us…
Such was the awesome vintage photo I uncovered recently when looking for Christmas drawing inspiration… Another gift of wonder to see it appear on screen.
For it is one of those toppers to my Christmas List — that this season, He
would make me more aware of simple wonders of His Love…
I knew only that I wanted to sketch some carolers, and for it to be of 1940 era and when I saw this one. And, oh how it rose stories to my heart!
Three real children, looking like brothers and a sister, who might have stepped out of It’s A Wonderful Life or The Bishop’s Wife, raising eyes and voices to hymns in a snowfall…making me wonder who they were, who they grew up to be…
…Then, as I was drawing the covers on song sheets held in their hands – just trying to duplicate the shapes I saw there — I was amazed to recognize the sweet and vintage depiction as the Holy Family aglow on the first one on the left (I’d originally thought they were of carolers). What a legacy of heart and faith this caught of a time in our history!
… I can imagine their voices tender and light as that snow falling… 🙂
And I’d love to know – does it speak wonder to you too?
Won’t you join me over at my Picture it in Pen and Ink Blog to see this newest in my Christmas Wonder drawings?
© Pam Depoyan
Photo of rose and plate, mine