For their first Christmas as a Duo, they adopted an artificial tree from her parents. She missed the smell of pine in the house – but the prospect of a spiderless holiday was appealing – and she didn’t have the balance to wrangle a heavy live tree anyway.
Her son watched as she struggled to drape lights over the uppermost branches. He rolled his eyes and stuck out his hand – and she yielded.
When did he get so tall?
She rooted through the ornaments and realized that they no longer had an angel or a star to top the tree.
Did it matter?
open places –
are these gaps
and do they need filled?