Monday, December 20, 2010

Chocolate, Puzzles, and Quiet Things

Giving chocolate to others is an intimate form of communication, a sharing of deep, dark secrets.
~ Milton Zelman

My husband's grandmother, Ethel Reed, passed away this week. I'd like to post a few photos in her honor. She was a formidable Scrabble player, even into her 90s, and she never lost her taste for chocolate.

La Sagrada Familia-Cathedral Gaudi made out of chocolate
by Gerhard Petzl

A s'more keyboard

This isn't a Scrabble building, but! This crossword puzzle building is in Lvov, Ukraine. The clues to the puzzle are all over the city, and you can check your answers after dark.

Quiet Things
by Grace Noll Crowell

These I have loved with passion, loved them long:
The house that stands when the building hammers cease,
After wild syncopation, a sane song,
A tree that straightens after the winds' release,
The cool green stillness of an April wood,
A silver pool, unruffled by the breeze,
The clean expanse of a prairie's solitude,
And calm, unhurried hours- I love these.

I have been tangled in the nets too long;
I shall escape and find my way again
Back to the quiet place where I belong,
Far from the tinseled provinces of men.
These will be waiting after my release:
The sheltered ways, the quiet ways of peace.


Be like the bird
who, pausing on her flight
on limb too slight,
feel it give way beneath her,
yet sings,
knowing she hath wings.

~ Victor Hugo


Toby Speed said...

Tabatha, your chocolate-Scrabble-word-loving tribute to your husband's grandmother is beautiful. And I love both those poems. I had read the Victor Hugo one before, but not the other. Wishing you and your family quiet things and unhurried times this holiday season.

Harry said...

Beautiful tribute, Tabatha. Both the pictures and the poems really were wonderful.

And in her honor, I shall eat a chocolate bar myself.

M Pax said...

I am sorry to hear of your loss. It is a lovely tribute. The smore keyboard makes my mouth water. And, wow, on the crossword building. That is cool.

The poem is so provocative and moving. Thanks for sharing.