Today is Ariane's birthday. She was born after nearly 24 hours of labor, and exhausted from the ordeal, slept for nearly another 24 hours after greeting the world. It was completely unlike her brother (22 months older), who was barely sleeping through the night even then. From that moment on, she was fiercely independent and taking her own path.
The candles are lit again, 30 votives, all along the front porch. The Lady of Guadalupe will burn in the window for 9 days. My neighbors probably think I am eccentric, but that is not unusual here. As the dark increases, I find light comforting. It is easy to believe that it has magical properties to reach the lost.