A Moment…

Wednesdays are for taking a moment during the week and counting blessings, or telling funny stories, and anticipating the approaching weekend.

One of my favorite Christmas scenes in a book is from Mary Poppins when Maia, one of the stars from the Pleiades cluster, goes shopping for her sisters. The children help her choose gifts for each of the stars, the clerk bundles it in paper and ribbon, and she ascends to the sky carrying it all.

She buys something for everyone. Well, doesn’t buy. There’s no charge because “the whole point of Christmas is that things should be given away, isn’t it?”

But one of the children notices she hasn’t anything for herself. Maia has no gift. Mary Poppins gruffly thrusts her new, stylish gloves at the star-girl. Maia kisses Mary, and then they stand amidst the shoppers staring at each other with love and understanding.

“I’ve been so happy,” said Maia softly, breaking the silence. “Don’t forget me, will you?”

It’s been decades, and I haven’t forgotten her.

Do you have a favorite scene from a book for the holiday? I’d love you to share it!


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