Pondering Love, Fevers, Snow

So Happy Valentine’s Day. And all that.

Around here things aren’t terribly festive because the little one has a fever, the second day running. It sort of pops the balloon for eating lots of chocolate. And this is not the first time she’s been knocked out by a fever this winter. Just a fever. No other symptoms really, beyond the usual headache.

And so the house isn’t festooned with hearts and ribbons. Some years we do things up, and I share a photo from last year’s twig and paper heart display that hung above the table.

My mother has always brought out a large antique bottle at this time of year. It is heavy and doesn’t topple easily. She goes and cuts a many-twigged branch to place in the bottle and then she and her two grandchildren (and before them, she, my brother and I) decorate the branches with paper hearts, paper hands and other decorations of the season. As time passes, the hearts are exchanged for decorated eggs.

It’s a lovely tradition that is a nice thing to do after the decorations of Christmas leave the house feeling bare.

I have some pictures of my mom’s heart tree that I hope to share. I’m just a little behind with the sickness in the house….but still grateful for love, and family, and friendships. All worthy of pondering on a Valentine’s Day in the winter of unexplained fevers, and little snow.

{A number of hours later… Drumroll…}

7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Erin
    Feb 14, 2012 @ 08:42:30

    Happy Valentine’s Day, Sue –
    I am also home with a feverish child, second day running. Hope both our little ones are back to the craft table soon.

    Going to sip some oolong now and re-read some real mail I got yesterday.


  2. Just A Smidgen
    Feb 14, 2012 @ 15:33:56

    Oh, dear, I hope your little one feels better soon! I think the sight of these twigs and decorations will surely help! What a great idea, I wish we’d done that when the kids were small.. so pretty, it’s just the kind of decorating I would love!


  3. squatorclamor
    Feb 14, 2012 @ 22:37:16

    Tell your Little One that I’m thinking of her and that I wish she’ll feel better soon. What sweet and beautiful tradition you and your mother have kept, decorating your house with paper hearts on Valentine’s Day to help get through the long stretch of winter between Christmas and Easter. I am glad you shared it with us! Thank you!



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