Between Here & Handmade



I want things handmade. I want a life devoid of BPA-worries.
I want the holidays decorated in popcorn strings and toes of knee-high socks filled with sticky penny candy and tiny oranges.
I want to have the hot cocoa, but not the packaging the dried chocolate-flavored granules come in.
I want to make the gift bags, without needing the troll Jo-Ann in deathly fear of whatever other impulses may come.
I want the craft, but not the storage.
I want handmade — the originality, the texture and depth. The artist’s signature. But not the price.
I want beauty.
I want art.
I want tomorrow, but I am unclear about today.

I will to unwrap the porcelain cow again this year.
I will place him in his manger scene.
Arrange the kings and the baby Jesus.
Avert my eyes from box and its $9.98 Walmart tag.

I am not sure what I want.


This post is part of the BIG QUESTION Series in December, “If Only in My Dreams”. Click and read more.

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Elizabeth Howard

Elizabeth writes literary non-fiction, haiku, cultural rants, and Demand Poetry in order to forward the cause of beautiful writing. She teaches and speaks about the rhetorical impact of beautiful writing. A recent transplant to Connecticut, she calls London, Kansas City, and Iowa home.

 

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  3 comments for “Between Here & Handmade

  1. December 3, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    I feel your conflict, confusion and understand exactly.

    • December 4, 2011 at 5:05 am

      Dreaming of the same things, but with less eloquence! This post touches the same nostalgic note I feel with the holidays. Just when I think I’ll manage to make this year different, the wish list of Nerf guns and i-pods shows up around here! But homemade we will, as much as motherly possible.

  2. Liz
    December 4, 2011 at 6:12 am

    oh yes, I want all these things too and time, time to enjoy them. I adore your writing.

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