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We are taking the little one for a ride on her new sled. It is bright orange, with a fuzzy black and white seat cover to keep her extra warm. Her tiny hands in tiny gloves hold the sides as tight as she can. I pull her down a path, shouting "woohooo" and then she replies "woohoo". N's turn is next, pulling her more schoolgirl than mother for a few minutes. There are other parents with children on sleds passing us. Their eyes straight forward, faces completely blank they slip by in silence. I flash a smile to them, and they do not even look at me. I am not there, just another tree leaning towards the stream that runs below.

There are ducks still, flapping around the brackish water and we throw pieces of stale bread to them. I start to think, not about the complete absence of smiles in this culture. I stopped asking about that long ago, told over and again that smiles are reserved for home, behind closed doors. But I wonder, for the children -  these wiggling bu…

(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding - a peaceful song

The Year of the Horse ends without warning, with messy streets and quiet nights. E tells me we should do a Christmas duet but the song is never picked. Instead, one we find one that we can make our own - a song that is more urgent than sleigh bells and innocence. A song worth singing.




Happy New Year, and thanks for reading.







Comments

gina said…
Marco and Eva,

I can't put into words how much I love you both. You mad my holiday so much brighter with your gorgeous song! THANK YOU!! xoxo
janzi said…
What a smashing way to the end of the year... that song with your gorgeous little daughter made my evening, thank you so much for sharing..I hope that you and she will have a super happy New Year together and many more of them** Janzi in england
David said…
Love the picture!! E is growing up! Cant get the video at this low class hotel (Holiday Inn Roxboro NC). I got better internet in Russia. Oh well I will definitely get it when I get home! You guys look great!

Dave

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