One December Morning

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The big metal-bellied plow maneuvers through the shopping district. A little girl twirls and sings, slaps her brother with her Nicky Nicole bags, and tells him she wants to be Alexa. He touches her back and she pokes him in the ear.

A woman dressed entirely in white, apart from silver trainers, is standing in front of H&M holding a small white dog wearing a silver coat.

A wonderful rustling noise rises from the cellophane wrappers of warm, candied almonds. I am offered a free espresso from a red tray. 

In the window of the breakfast cafe, a man suspends his fork in midair as he laughs at his phone. A little boy points to the pie dome, his mother pulls him away.

At a cash register, a teenage girl turns to her less-than-inspired boyfriend and smiles. She lifts a perfumed card from her purse and holds it to his nose.

An older man waits at the pedestrian crossing with a huge stuffed reindeer in his arms. He tips his head back and gazes at the top of the 50-foot Christmas tree across from Barnes and Noble. 

A young woman walks past me wearing her baby in a sling printed with families of penguins. 

Sunlight falls across my eyes. I find myself walking in the wrong direction because Ruby wants to follow another dog. The stout cocker spaniel in the brown leather harness spins around his owner’s legs, and we find ourselves at a comfortable distance despite the intimacy of our dogs. I tell Ruby to stop flirting; Mariah Carey fades.


Copyright © Kelly Huntson and [2015-2018]. All rights reserved.


Wishing you much holiday joy and love ❤

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15 thoughts on “One December Morning

  1. Wonderful description of your surroundings. I felt I was walking alongside you!

  2. Hello Kelly. This essay is sweet and direct. It was a good start to my morning. See you —

    Neil S.

  3. I bought one of daughters a sign some time ago that says, there is a difference between looking and seeing. Your words remind me of that. Life of full of interesting sights and lessons, if only we take the time to pause and look.

  4. Thoughtful post that helps us remember that each person has his or her life to live out each day, and some of the routines may change with the seasons. It’s wonderful that you paused enough to recognize various sojourners. I was in D.C. recently and the rapid bustle is a little in contrast to the scene you described so well. 🙂

    • Hello and thank you for stopping by!
      Yes, definite differences in energy at different times of the year and in different locations. DC must have been exciting! The build-up and the letdown of the season are indeed interesting.

  5. Such a beautiful essay, Kelly! Your December imagery made my day 🙂

  6. You craft a scene so well, Kelly. I felt like I was standing right there with you! Happy Holidays to you and yours.

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