As every season turns into another, and throughout each, L1 and I are constantly making connections for and with the kids about the turning of the Wheel and the interconnections of it all. They teach us, of course, with all the details they notice or the bits of their lives that they remember and share with us in conjunction with the yearly cycle.
This year while the darkness deepens for longer each day, I’ve found myself having conversations with our younger child that I must have had with the elder. We discuss questions of what is solstice, how it fits into the rest of the year, talk about how this time of year isn’t meant to be about gifts, how gifts do fit into the bigger picture, and finding delight in all the familiar rituals.
It’s so good to talk about the whys of it all. It is such a good reminder for me. Even as I pledge to step back, reevaluate all of the gift-giving craze, I don’t always do it. The on-going dialogue in our family this season is a good reminder.