Today's Wonder of the World is...the Candle!
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Yes, I know I featured a mini-blog on two candlelit celebrations just two days ago, but I've still got candles on the brain, probably because Saturday was such a flop.
Would you like to hear about it?
(Nod your head.)
Why I'd be happy to share!
If you read the blog on Saturday, you know that we Ramseys were really pumped about Lights Off for Earth Hour. At least I was!
I had such high hopes. I'd gathered candles and board games and envisioned a TV- free, computer- free, lights- free hour of family fun. Then Ben left us to go off with friends.
(What? A sixteen year old doesn't want to sit in the dark with his family and play Clue?)
Todd had convinced (threatened?) Sam into going along with my plans, so maybe my mother-joy could still be saved.
Two minutes before switch off time, I reached for the matches and... they were gone! We turned on every light in the house searching and finally gave up.
"Don't worry!" Todd assured me. "What kind of man would I be if I couldn't make fire?"
Uh oh. This would not end well.
First he tried lighting notebook paper on fire from the kitchen stove. All we got was a kitchen full of smoke and teeny tiny ash snowflakes from the smoldering yet never flaming paper. Too bad we didn't ask Tanner how he did it back when he was a puppy. (Oh yes he did.)
Next Todd tried lighting the paper with the grill and couldn't get that to work either. I should explain that my husband is King Of The Barbecue Grill, so either this was a message from God or just a run of bad luck. But Todd would not be deterred. He was talking about searching the yard for sticks and stones when I begged him to just forget it. Sam had found the Nickelodeon Kid's Choice Awards on TV, so we ended up sitting in the dark and watching screaming children and Disney channel stars.
Not quite what I had in mind, but at least we were on the couch together.
Now, back to candles...
Of course they're perfect for birthdays.
Ah, there you are Sam, in France. Back in the good old days before you'd ever heard of Nickelodeon or the Disney Channel.
As the kids got bigger, the candles did too!
Forgive the mess, pretty please. I had no idea one day I'd be blasting my photos all over the internet!
I'm fine with large candles (you may remember the timber size ones in Lourdes if you've read French By Heart) but I'm not sure I'd want to live in one!
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I love candles at church. They really do set a reverent mood.
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In my Sunday school class of fourth graders, we always light a candle to remind us of God's presence. At the end of the hour we let one of the kids put it out (which they LOVE, especially if the wax drips or spatters!) We watch the smoke trail and disappear, and remember that God goes with us.
Candles make everything more ethereal.
Even Homer Simpson.
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I'm not sure if I like candles that don't look like candles.
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I mean, are you really supposed to burn them?
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I hope not!
I love it when a candle becomes art just by burning.
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I also love luminaries.
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Speaking of luminaries, enjoy a little serenade by Lumiere before you go. Really, be my guest!
Have a wonder-full Monday, y'all!