Thursday, June 13, 2013
I love the rhythm of summer -- the predictability of the weather and of little that must be done. And of easing into summer nights. Play falls into dinnertime. And then children spill back into more play -- but changed with full tummies, family chatter, and the setting sun. The glow of candles in the house meets the setting of the sun outside. Dinosaurs and trucks find a place to rest, book stacks materialize, and "pioneer children" ("farm children," "kids riding on a train across the country to see their aunt") gradually settle.
Because of this natural evening ritual, we have a lot of homemade candle holders. We made these with large applesauce jars, Mod Podge, and tissue paper. (Thanks, Mama Scout, for the inspiration!) Sela wrote a short story, typed it up, and printed it out. Linus dictated his story to me and went to the desk for the "fancy" scissors to cut it out. To change it up a bit, I stuffed an errant strand of Christmas tree lights into the jars.