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SoCS: Saving Boxes, Watching the Sky, and Feeling the Thrill of Hope


Today’s prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is, “box.” Short and simple with all kinds of possibilities. Even though I’m more of a circle person and like to think outside the box, I do like boxes that are sturdy or pretty. Maybe you could say I collect boxes, though I do break some down and put them in the recycle bin. Cereal boxes get recycled, ordinary cardboard boxes get broken down and recycled, but if a box is sturdy or pretty, it’s a keeper. Because I might be able to use it for something. I take pride in putting boxes inside boxes to store them in the attic.

My favorite boxes are Christmas card boxes that are both pretty and sturdy. Like this year’s edition bought last year:

And this box from a few years ago:

They contain Christmas cards leftover that I hope to send one year.

Box. There used to be a question years ago, routinely asked in guessing games like 21 questions.

“Is it bigger than a bread box?”

Do people still use bread boxes? We had one when I was a kid. It was yellow and seemed to have some metal on it with a pull down door. Seems like it was big enough to fit about two or three loaves if you stacked them. Now, I put my bread in the refrigerator. Cause ants. Many years ago when I lived in an old house downtown, we had mice that climbed on top of the refrigerator and burrowed a hole into the bread that was on top of the refrigerator. Though we don’t live downtown anymore, I still put my bread INSIDE the refrigerator.

But what I really want to talk about, or write about to be accurate, is seeing the conjunction of Saturn and Jupiter. Dec. 21st was the big day to see it, but sunset came so fast and we missed it. Instead we went downtown on Dec. 22 to the riverwalk at sunset as directed and looked to the west/southwest. We didn’t see it right away, and I worried that we had missed it, but David saw it as the sky moved into twilight. Seeing the conjunction excited me and feels like the highlight of my year, even though the year is not over. It is a sign of hope. The timing with the winter solstice, Christmas, and the holy days, tells us that… I don’t know what it tells us. What I know is that I felt the thrill of hope.

You can learn more about the conjunction of 2020 and see the rings of Saturn here among other places. What I saw was Jupiter with a second light of Saturn right next to it as the sky got darker. I don’t know if you can see that in my photos, but here they are.

You can barely see it in the upper right.
And here, just right of center.

Here, the conjunction is reflected by the river.

Have you ever felt the thrill of hope? Remember that feeling!

The Nativity Story is my favorite film about Jesus’ birth.

May the holy days carry us through

to a new and better year.

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Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Jesus follower, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again as well as the short version: From Loneliness to Love.

16 thoughts on “SoCS: Saving Boxes, Watching the Sky, and Feeling the Thrill of Hope

  1. I needed to enlarge the first Jupiter/Saturn to see it , but not the next two.

    • Thanks for taking the time to do that, Derrick. My photos don’t show that it looked a bit unusual. We thought maybe it was a plane at first, but then realized it wasn’t moving.

  2. Lovely, JoAnna, I enjoyed your pictures. I don’t keep boxes in any shape or form. We have a bread box though as we are a big family. Ours also takes three loaves of bread.

  3. Steve Allen was the one that popularlized “Is it bigger than a bread box?” when he was on “What’s My Line” many years ago. I was just writing about him…

  4. I also save sturdy and pretty boxes to use for storage of small items. I also believe that the conjunction of 2020 is a sign of hope, just like the star that led the three magi to the birthplace of the Christ Child. We humans tend to confine groups of people into different and separate boxes. In the Nativity Story, the boxes of the poor, wise, and rich merge in that infant.

  5. Great photos. We were under cloudy skies. I saw the approach but not the event.

  6. Nice pictures of the planets. We missed it on 12/21 also due to cloudy conditions but fortunately we had looked the night before. 12/20 was clear as a bell. Quite remarkable.

  7. Honestly, I completely forgot bread boxes even existed until I read this! I loved the way ours had a rolling door that disappeared into the box. I think it was aluminum. So weird to feel nostalgia thinking about it.

  8. Thank you for sharing!!… Hope you and yours are having a wonderful holiday and wishing you and yours a very Happy New Year, each day filled with peace, love and happiness!!… 🙂

    Until we meet again..
    May love and laughter light your days,
    and warm your heart and home.
    May good and faithful friends be yours,
    wherever you may roam.
    May peace and plenty bless your world
    with joy that long endures.
    May all life’s passing seasons
    bring the best to you and yours!
    (Irish Saying)

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