Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Golden Hour

"Bursts of gold on lavender melting into saffron. It's the time of day when the sky looks like it has been spray-painted by a graffiti artist." - Mia Kirshner 

Excitedly, they raced up and down the slight slope as the birthday party began. It was the golden hour just after nap time and the beginning of a delightful late afternoon family event. Big sister and little baby romped in the grassy area beyond the patio. Their world was painted in shades of joy. 

After dinner a sweet secret brewed. Out from the small guest bedroom, a little girl transformed into a princess glided past me ready to don her royal crown and greet guests for the gathering. Loved ones circled to wish the birthday girl years of wonder and celebration at the count of four. But waiting was not her strong suit so, within a second, all four candles were puffed into the air just like her wishweeds did on her spring nature walk.

a sweetened surprise
awaits a little princess
wide-eyed wishes ready now
golden hour approaches
with promised love
©CV, 2021

As the golden hour moved closer to sunset, two little princesses walked to their coach where dancing dreams lulled them into a restful sleep. What new adventures will await a four-year-old with talents still not untapped is yet to be seen. 

A Slice of Life for Another Special Day


  1. Oh, Carol, wow! So beautiful, and you shared this slice so beautifully with words and photos. Your post too, is "painted in shades of joy." Lovely!

  2. Carol, you have captured the joy and wonder of the day. Seeing that cake I don’t think I would have been able to wait either. A lifetime of adventures await your granddaughter as she grows into the woman she will become.

  3. Our best wishes to your grandchildren. They are such joy aren't they. The cake is beautiful. Today was my mother's 80th birthday.

  4. Your post - the experience - is drenched in goldenness, Carol, sprinkled with fairy dust and wishweeds (love that). All so ethereal and lovely - such a magical time to celebrate together. I love the allusion to talents yet untapped - the revealing will be magical as well! A treasure-chest of artistry from her dear grandmother just waits to be unlocked...