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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Wishes


          The lights pulse faster than the skip of my breathing.
          Blue...
          Green...
          Red...
          Yellow...
          Purple...
          It’s impossible to pull my eyes away.
          The television’s muffled glow filters behind me, but it can’t hold my attention while I’m watching the lights on their rhythmic trip around the tree.
          I’ve seen trees with only white lights. “It’s more sophisticated,” they say.
          I don’t care—I love the colors.
          They are like promises.
          No—that’s wrong. They are wishes.
          If you have bland Christmas wishes—stick with white lights, but if your wishes are deep and fierce—you need the spectrum of color to make them come true.
          Blue is for family and strength. The two are so tangled in my mind they feel like the same wish.
          And green is for peace and growth. I need both.
          Red will give you ambition, passion, and love. Who doesn’t want love for Christmas?
         Yellow is for happiness. How could it be for anything else?
          But purple—purple is my favorite. Purple is for all the wishes you can’t give voice to. The ones you keep so close to your heart you don’t know if you can part with them, because if you do—it will leave you empty.
          If I watch the lights hard enough they blur into a perfect haze of color. That’s the time to make wishes.
          If you can find each color in the vivid fog—you can push all you have into your wishes.
          And they will come true.


Thanks Jenny and Megan. This was such a fun break from NaNo :)
If you want to check out the rest of the entries—click here.

-Angie

25 comments:

Ruth Josse said...

I love this, Angie! I use colored lights too. :)

Melissa Sarno said...

Ah, I'm a white-Christmas-lights kind of girl. But this, your thoughts on purple, may just sway me. ;) "Purple is for all the wishes you can’t give voice to. The ones you keep so close to your heart you don’t know if you can part with them, because if you do—it will leave you empty."

Sarah Pearson said...

So true about the coloured lights. Not sophisticated at all but far more Christmassy :-)

Chad Morris said...

Well done Angela. I love the light too . . . but I hate putting them up. So I don't really. Thank goodness our neighbors do.

Cassie Mae said...

I'm totally going to be thinking about this when I stare at my tree this year...if the one bulb on the light strand doesn't make them all go out. ;)

Abby Fowers said...

Angie, this is TOO COOL! I love it! And once again... you throw in symbolism for each color. I love that. So much feeling in this. Love it!

Deana said...

Colored lights are my favorite! I can't wait to decorate my tree:)

Laila Knight said...

I had no ideat the light actually meant something. I just love the colors. Pretty post. :)

J. A. Bennett said...

That is a lovely thought! My husband makes me do colored lights :)

Jenny S. Morris said...

I love it. I used to grab a blanket as a kid and watch the lights dance off the tinsel. This really brought me back to those times.

Thanks for participating!

E.R. King said...

Beautiful! Your use of color always amazes me. Great job capturing the moment of staring at your Christmas tree. I stare at mine all December long. :)

Katrina L. Lantz said...

This was absolutely beautiful, Angie! I agree about colorful lights on the Christmas tree! Great story. Y'all are putting me to shame. I tried to write one last night for the blog hop today and it came out really weird. Oh well. Guess I need to practice more. Happy Holiday Blog Hop!

Jennifer Young said...

Wow, Angie! I "red" your entry! I enjoyed the color labeling and totally agree with each one.

Great job :)

Tara Tyler said...

what sweet sentiment! great story to pass down!

Jolene Perry said...

Niiiiice . . . .

Pulled me right in and made me feel it in SUCH a short time.

Megan said...

Ohhhh, that was great. Not just the content, which was terrific and put me in a happy mood, but the rhythm and pacing was perfect. Thank you so much for participating!!

Sara Bulla said...

Angie! That was fantastic. :) A Magical way to start the season! Thank you!

MISH said...

Utterly captivating... with a magical rhythm...

inluvwithwords said...

What a beautiful post. I love the idea of the lights representing wishes. And I may never look at a Christmas tree the same again. =)

Jenfier Harrod said...

My little girl is writing a story:
www.ladybugswithzoi.blogspot.com

Meredith said...

Aw, I love this! I knew there was a reason I insist on colored lights on a Christmas tree. :)

Karen said...

I love all the colors, too. I never have liked the all white look. Even on exterior Christmas lights, colors are my favorite. This is a beautifully written post, and it's getting me in the mood for Christmas.

Jasmine Walt said...

What a great story. I love how you've given meaning to all the different colors. I've personally never liked the white light look myself!

I'm from the blog hop, in case you're wondering. :)

Donna K. Weaver said...

Oh, that was lovely!

Bailey @OverYonderLit said...

This was a great little story! I love the idea of the different colors for different wishes on the tree. It's different, and in my book, different is wonderful. :) Happy Holiday Blog Hop!

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