The Snow Globe
If you came into our living room you would see a sofa table layered with picture frames. Nothing too out of the ordinary there. But you would also see 2 figurines of Disney characters, Woody and Jessie. (why those in particular is another story for another day) They look a little out of place with the beautiful furniture, frames and photographs. But they hold deep significance for me.
I found the second piece on a recent trip to the mall. Naturally, I had to peek into the Disney store. While browsing around, a small snow globe caught my eye. I was simply drawn to it and couldn't stop staring at it. I noticed something that seemed unusual to me in my limited snow globe knowledge.
The main characters were separated. Snow globes that I normally see have the main characters together inside the globe. But this one was different. Woody was inside the snow globe that rested on top of an old TV set while Jessie sat next to it and gazed inside.
And I realized something while looking at it. That's often how I feel. Just like Jessie. Her friend is so close she can practically touch him and hear him, yet she's separated by the surrounding wall of glass. Though he's near, she can't reach him. Similarly, Daniel is so near to me I can almost see him, touch him, hear him... through memories, pictures, his stuff laying around... Yet, as near as he seems at times - I can't reach him. I can't really see him or hug him or hear his voice. He too is behind a wall that I cannot cross. Someday I will. But today, the snow globe symbolizes the the poignant reality that is now my life.