Bushel Basket Burning


This is a photo of my beloved husband, Andy,
taken yesterday as he was buying me the bushel basket
that topped the list of
What I Want For My Big Milestone Birthday.
I have a plan, you see:
I will decorate this basket,
festoon it with ribbons
and words of wagging fingers,
most from long-forgotten,
unnamed voices,
words that nevertheless linger deep and long.
“Who do you think you are?”
“What gives you the right?”
“Well, you’re getting too big for your britches.”
I will write these words (and more) on the basket,
trim them with ribbons and glitter and sparkle,
then I will set fire to the basket,
while singing
“This Little Light of Mine”.
and dancing.
Oh good lord
how I will dance.


  1. ☆little light☆

    LOVE IT!

  2. Susan F.

    Have fun during the “cleansing”! I have a feeling it’s going to be *good*.

    • whollyjeanne

      I have that same feeling, Sugar. xo

  3. Merry ME

    You’d think when two of my favorite people have birthdays on Valentine’s Day I wouldn’t be late with a card. Seriously, everyone knows when Valentines Day. Alas, I’m late. But love that your Valentine’s Birthday is just more reasons to throw a love party! Have fun celebrating the one and only you.

    • whollyjeanne

      A love party. Sugar, I love the way you think, the way you write, and the way you go through this world. xo

  4. Jane Cunningham

    oh i wish i was there to dance with you <3

    • whollyjeanne

      You will be with me in spirit – I’ll make sure of that. Can’t imagine doing this big thing without you, Sugar. xo

  5. Nancy Miller

    those are honkin’ big bushel baskets… ! 😉
    have fun turning those wagging-finger phrases into dust & ashes.

    • whollyjeanne

      I will have fun. It’s time to put those sharp tongues, those wagging fingers to rest once and for all. And the way I figure it, I might as well have fun doing it. xo

  6. Sarah

    it’s about time. it’s about time. and then to begin filling bottles of joy with thin slips of paper, one joy at a time.

  7. angelakelsey

    Cannot wait for the day of that bonfire. xo

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