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The yarmarka (farmer's market) is about to close. Some of the people are already packing up, offering their last bruised tomatoes at half-price to anyone walking past them.  I am wandering, staring at bunches of herbs, at the same old options - cabbage, pepper, potato, garlic, apple, cucumber. But then I see a pile of peas. The season must have come early this year. I buy a kilo, and some mint. I know what is for dinner. We have not had it in eleven months.

At home, I rip the bag open, showing them to V. She stands by the kitchen table, eyes wide. I crack one open, showing her the little rounds inside. She plucks one out, her pinky pointing to the ceiling.
"Try it." I tell her.
She does, but she does not like it.

I pull out a bowl for them. She jumps up and down a few times. V always wants to help in the kitchen. I pull her to my lap, and we begin pulling them out from the shells. She learns quickly, tossing them with a flourish into the bowl, a few cascading to the flo…

(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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