Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Christmas in Washinton D.C.

The sky is blue. There is no snow. This Christmas was so different from the last four we've spent in Cleveland, OH. Winter was something you put on and carried for months in Ohio. A thick coat. It was, as one of my friends once put it, an escape from the pressures of the outdoors. It was a chance to sit still, or bury oneself beneath bundles of clothes and face the bite of cold.

Last night, we went to see the tree that is in front of the Capitol. And for the first time this winter, we felt cold. The wind was one of those that bites through your clothes. The tree was beautiful. Blue, purple and gold lights and behind the tree that majestic stretch of the mall from the reflecting pool, to the Washington Monument (or as my son calls it, "the pencil"). There is something about D.C. in the dark. All of that granite and history weighing on you as you look at it.

1 comment:

Umm Qura said...

I would like you to know that I am sort of subscribing to your blog now. I am a mother of two, I have a 3yr old and a 1 yr old, I am 24 years old, and due to my children, marriage and countless other excuses, I am just about to transfer back into a university to complete my BA.
I want to be a writer. I want it passionately and I really enjoy reading your blogs... I suppose they give me hope. I imagine I will be working on my Phd, being a mother and struggling to be a writer myself oneday and I thank you for your candidness. It really inspires me to pursue this dream and keep the reality of it all into perspective.
I would really liek to know more about you and what brought you to this decision to write and further how you have maintained your sanity in the struggle. If you ever have ime please drop me a line. :)

My email is

So again, I thank you and if you ever have time, I'd like to ask you an occasional smidgen of advice.
I hope you are very successful in your writing endeavors. Please continue to post, I am ever grateful.

--Warmest Regards,
Los Angeles, Ca.