It's Contagious

and I'm not completely immune...

Winter coated zipped all the way up against the cold
Pink gloves protecting her hands
Backpack on her back
Big brown eyes open wide behind her glasses
Mouth open in a nearly maniacal smile
Running fast enough that I'm afraid her momentum will keep her moving forward and she'll wind up face down on the pavement
Pink hat with fuzzball on the top bobbling along, threatening to leap off her head at any second
Laughing like a lunatic in the nearly empty school parking lot
New boots on her feet


(a phrase Buddy repeated as we climbed back into the van)


Bone Machine said...

I hate winter with every ounce of my being and my sentiments weren't quite so friendly this morning when I greeted the cold, but that's a nice scene.

Doug said...

From what I gather on TV you folks are in for some snow and cold for sure.
Oh, I remember many lives ago when I met snow and cold with enthusiasm - - - - - but after ? growing up ? and working in the darn stuff, changing tires and all I began to hate winter more and more.

'Ray for Sweet Pea !

Nilbo said...

If you live in the North, you don't get a choice about whether or not there will be a winter. There WILL be a winter.

What you do get to choose is how you'll respond to the snow and the cold. (And really, in the winter, we don't spend all that much time out in the elements; every room I've ever been in is "room temperature".)

I love seeing kids choose to be excited about winter. And yes - it IS contagious.

eclectic said...

Dude, all the sledding??? Think of it!!! Plus, the snowballs and snowforts, and then what if you add skiing or snowshoeing or snowmobiling, and snow-angels, and there's hot cider, hot tubs, hot cocoa, (and Bailey's or peppermint schnapps...). I'm just sayin', I'm with her.

Nance said...

Winter is a prison for me. And here in NE Ohio it lasts 6 months. All I do is huddle and freeze. It's miserable.

But kids are weather-immune. All kinds of weather are just another adventure.

Platypus said...

I love winter. I mean proper winter, not the rain and damp that we get over here. I love that the kids get excited about it, that's exactly what they should be doing. :)

Anonymous said...

I love the fantasy, Kelli. I love pretending that I can go outside and the fall leaves will blow away and the cool crisp winds will settle on my cheeks as we put up the lights. I love the idea that you can actually go out hunting for a christmas tree and chop it down. Oh God, I love this fantasy, it's better than sex almost.
It was 80 when I hung the lights up today and I was sweating like a pig.
I'm still slightly delirious from the whole thing.

And what's up with blogger? Why can't I enter my site on the form? blasted blogger comment sections have been doing this to me all day!
I've got to sue them.
Remind me to...

anonymously yours,
~Laura, VSea

Jen M. said...

Stay cozy! I hear your neck of the woods is getting hit hard.

Global warming is alive and well in our neck of the woods.

Agnes Liebowitz said...

It's 69 degrees here today. Please send us some of your cold weather. We could use it.

You know where to find me, no?

Maddy said...

I like winter from behind the safety of a nice double glazed window with a roaring fire.
This is my calling card or link"Whittereronautism"until blogger comments get themselves sorted out.

Agens Liebowitz said...

Love this new Christmas/winter look! When they predict warmer winters for everyone I figure that's only a break for people who have to live through the really brutal ones. Down where we are it just means it's probably going to be safer for Santa to come down the chimney because no one is going to have a fire in it when it's 75 degrees already.


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