Amazing how snow makes everything seem better. Suddenly the children who haven’t wanted to go outside for weeks are clamoring to go out. Of course they have me help them to bundle up, then go out for ten minutes and then come back in and have to be unbundled and then want to go back out again fifteen minutes later. Still, they are going out!
Yesterday while everyone else, including me, was napping Bella went out on her own. After naps we all went out in the twilight for half an hours recreation before dinner. Today they’ve been in and out and in and out. How lovely their rosy cheeks and cheerful demeanor. Truly I don’t mind the pile of boots and coats and snowpants and hats and mittens and wet clothes by the back door. I don’t mind the melting puddles and the mess because the snow makes everything brighter.
Even when it is overcast, the day isn’t as dark because the snow magnifies the light. Even though it is cold, somehow it feel a bit warmer.
Then a special treat. My sister had the day off today and woke up early (for her) to watch the children while I went off to run a few last-minute Christmas errands, getting candy and some odds and ends of gifts. I even found some maternity shirts for myself on sale, 50% off, at Kohl’s. A little present I didn’t mind splurging on. I grabbed some eggnog and chocolate bars and treated myself and my sister to lattes from the Starbucks at Target. It felt so lovely to go out shopping on my own without having to keep track of three wandering little ones, without being bombarded with questions and demands for snacks. When I got home there was a big pile of boxes the UPS guy had left by the front door.
My sister went off for an afternoon with a friend and the children are napping now. Ah peace! I’m going to go curl up in bed to finish my coffee and read my book and enjoy the feeling of being done with shopping.