As December approached, I found myself missing my friend, Michelle, more and more. She left us only a year ago. There have been many changes in one year’s time. Adjustments. Rethinking things. But longing to hear her voice and laugh with her over every day life stuff~ well that has not changed.
So I decided I would laugh with her again. I went to the store and bought a few little decorations…. on a Sunday afternoon, I talked hubby into a short drive to look for the perfect little tree. And while he thought I’d lost it at first, soon he was laughing too. He pulled the truck over on the side of the road as he’d spotted a Snoopy Christmas tree. This was the right “Michelle” tree. Round and round with the cheap tinsel he went while I added red plastic ornaments. Michelle was all about helping stray animals & people and stopping traffic to save a turtle from the middle of the road, and real Christmas trees. She would love this tree.
I know. It’s not very pretty. But it sparkles and shines in a field full of lonely. Surely smiles and curiosity are stirred in those who pass by? Who would be so silly? Well….me. And hubby. And Michelle. Smile.
Here’s to a new tradition. And to friends and family. And to laughing again.
p.s. just so you know….I will be returning to this tree to remove the decorations after the new year. Having given this a bit more thought, in the years to come when we choose a random “Michelle” tree, we will decorate it with items that the critters can enjoy munching on through the winter days.