Daily Prompt: find an object, any object, and write about it.
I love candles – always have. I go through them like candy – visual candy, I suppose. In the winter they make me feel warm, even if it’s only in my mind, though I’m pretty sure they do give off the slightest heat. I enjoy seeing the flame dance. I enjoy catching a whiff of them as I walk by. I always have scented ones scattered about – and I’m particular about the scents – they must be season-appropriate, and they mustn’t give me a headache – sometimes scents, much as I adore them, give me a headache.
Since it’s winter, I have ‘winter scented’ candles – mulled cider, pumpkin spice, that sort of thing. As spring and summer roll around, I will use light floral scents or herbals. I love lemongrass and have a favorite candle in that scent – a few, actually, since if I see it, I buy it! Lemongrass is especially comforting, and it is one scent that to me is seasonless. I would use it now, except that I still have the cider-scented ones to use before winter is over.
I also have a bookshelf top covered in tealights. I will light these candles in the morning or whenever I am in my music room. They are specifically dedicated as a prayer altar, which I know is somewhat old-fashioned, but it brings me comfort. If I hear of someone who needs prayer, I will light a one for them. There are days when I know so many in need of specific prayer that I will light all 21 of them. There are other days when I light only a few.
I see that I have used the word comfort twice, so that must be why I like candles – they comfort me, warm me physically and emotionally… I’m not surprised – between the light they give off, and the aromas I choose (I’m sure I’ve mentioned how deeply connected I am to scent), of course they bring me comfort. As a matter of fact, I think I’ll light one right now. Mmmm… spiced cider…