Our centering light has been lit during most dinners this winter. It has become a ritual for us, a light in the winter darkness, a focus during our prayer before dinner and a source serenity. It began with our advent wreath and the count down to Christmas; we all missed lighting a candle after the holiday. So it was a joy to use the beautiful center piece the eldest Monkey created in Girl Scouts last year.
Our meals can be chaotic, but the candle reminds me to focus on the time spent together and to ask the monkeys to reflect on their day. They can always expect me to ask them to name three great things that happened in their day, and I share my greats too.
As the vernal equinox approaches I envision a Mama & Monkeys project creating a new candle center piece to celebrate the season.