This cold that reminds me of the winters we had when I was young: throwing water from the back door to see if it would ice on its way to the ground, blowing bubbles that froze in the air, sitting in the kitchen around the wood burning stove. My mom hated winter but loved days the school closed in cold or snowy weather. Kids can always tell what their parents love.
It’s been a frigid start to the season, and it makes me think about how delicious spring is after a very cold winter. Also about relocation. And I think about how glad I am to live in a world that is not entirely tame: a world that still foils our plans to live as efficient citizens of the modern world.
It is very, very cold, and we stay inside today, and that is not all bad. Certain things are really nice on a very, very cold day.
Things that are really nice on a very, very cold day:
- paper airplanes (folding, throwing, racing)
- building with blocks
- building with Lego
- warm chocolate pudding
- sitting down with seed catalogs and a pen
- reading Maurice Sendak aloud
- reading through cookbooks silently
- being a little wild or weird
And what else? Please share. And enjoy these icy days.