The young girl looks though the glass. She can see through the living room to the dining room and all the way to the kitchen. There must be close to twenty people in there. She can hear their voices, their laughter and even the soft sound of Christmas music in the background. She can see their faces, their smiles and the little comfortable touches some of them exchange.
Food is being prepared as the long table is set for the large group of family and friends. Children are running around giggling and squealing merrily as they use the various adults standing around as part of the obstacle course they have created in their impromptu game of indoor tag. This lasts until one of the children makes contact with an elderly lady carrying a gravy boat and the collision contains more bump than bounce. As the spilled gravy is cleaned up, the children have been scooted into another room to play.
The house is filled with soft light from the Christmas tree and the fireplace as well as a sparkling chandelier that hangs protectively over the long dining table. The velvet texture of the light blurs the edges of the glass and adds to the magic of the scene it reveals. A smile plays across the little girl's lips as she imagines herself running about with those children, feeling the pureness of joy that is born from childish innocence and the gift of unfettered freedom that comes from loving parents. The wonder of it all fills her with a peace she has never known in her short life.
Then, someone calls her name. It's her brother. She closes her eyes and tries to ignore him. The sound of her name tugs at her and she realizes she can't stay here any longer. The world she's been watching isn't hers. She belongs on her own side of the glass. Maybe someday, she would find a way in but it was doubtful they would let her stay. She was different from them. The girl knew in her heart that if she tried to get in, she would destroy that beautiful flawless world. So, she just watches them though the glass.
Her brother's voice is getting louder and the girl quickly jumps up, takes one last look into the large gilded hall mirror and hurries over to the long table under the sparkling chandelier.