Life is sometimes just...life. It's the everyday, the laundry, dishes, getting the kids to school, planning and carrying out the grocery shopping list...the mundane but necessary. It catches up to you, I think, especially in the winter. Winter is dark, often colorless. Unless you're a die-hard lover of all things winter, the cold and snow can feel consuming and never-ending and you start to wonder if sunshine and green grass were figments of your imagination.
I'm not a fan of winter. Of course as a child I was. Bring on the ice skating and sledding. You can still bring on the ice skating, except now I can do it inside, out of the elements, in a building with a moderate temperature. But even through the freezing cold and stark white, I can find some comforts in winter and the mundane tasks.
I love a blanket, hot cup of tea, and movie or a good book on a cold winter night (or day). It's incredibly comforting to come home in the winter to warmth and just as comforting to BE home with a warm meal cooking, the smells carrying through the house. A kiss from my husband when he comes home from work makes my day and his. Reunion is my favorite part of the day; when I pick up each of my children and see them for the first time since I dropped them off each morning, I feel like I can breathe again, and when my husband comes home, it makes us complete.
Even in winter, I try to find things to delight myself like tea, hugs, kisses, a good movie, and days like today. The coveted 'snow day'. Some parents fear them because a snow day means they'll need to find alternate care for their children which can be a challenge for some. Blessed to work at home, a snow day means I have my two favorite people home with me all day snuggled in blankets watching movies and taking turns cuddling our new puppy. As I write this, I am blessed to be in my warm house, two lazy dogs snoring, two relaxed kids under blankets in recliners engaged in a "Freaks and Geeks" marathon, and my lover, best friend, partner in life will be walking through the door at any moment. He'll be greeted with at least one kiss, two kids and two dogs happy to see him, and the aroma of meatballs (one of his faves) that I made last night simmering in sauce, and I hope all of this makes him exhale with comfort as he shakes off the day.
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