And at night… ah, that’s the time, isn’t it? Outside it’s dark,
December dark, and we’re inside and warm and cocooned up. The cold
makes our world shrink, especially at night.
But we have our dreams.
For Janice Thomas, our art teacher at the high school, it’s that
painting she’s planning. She makes starts at it, from time to time,
but she’s wise enough to know she isn’t good enough to paint it yet.
She paints other things well, but that one … it has to be perfect.
It will be the painting of a lifetime, she knows.
Doc will drift off to sleep tonight thinking about that new fly rod.
He has half a dozen, of course, that will take about any weight
line, and let him catch anything from mouse to moose. But even the
most expensive rod isn’t what he dreams of. This year, for
Christmas, he’s giving himself a rod-builder’s jig, and he will make
his own rod from a Sage blank. That will be the one. It will have
his own wrappings and he’ll put the ferrules on it himself. He’ll be
able to feel the fish breathe with this one. It will be true and
wonderful and last forever.
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For cowboy Steve, the December dream is always
the same: spending all his time at that little cabin up there in the
mountains. Sometimes he’ll sit by that stone fireplace downstairs
and sip coffee, and sometimes he’ll be up in the turret he built and
sip coffee. Ol’ Snort, his cowpony, will be out in his corral, of
course, except when the two of them are exploring the miles of
mountains behind the cabin. And in the cabin, while sipping coffee,
he’ll hear music on the radio and a breeze going through the pines
There is a nighttime sweetness and hope that hovers over us this
time of year. Here’s to dreams.
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