She has hung over the nativity since before I was born.
Proclaiming a heartful JOY!
Mom puts the nativity up shortly after Thanksgiving.
It has become a tradition to leave it up
Until the first flower of spring
Sometimes I find a single violet in January.
I bring it to her in a tiny vase, to grace her office table.
To remind us that spring does indeed follow winter.
That JOY is proclaimed year-round!
It's good for the heart.
And the soul.