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Back in January, I chose my One Little Word...
After our visit to Hawaii over Christmas, I want to remember to keep that
spirit with me all year. This winter has proven to be difficult and lately, it's been hard to keep the spirit. The eight inches of snow Tuesday night and no school on Wednesday was staring me in the face and daring me to defy it.
So I did.
I took Chloe for a walk.
She was hooked up outside, watching my husband blow out the driveway for the umpteenth time this winter. I had scraped the leftover snow from the cement part of the driveway.
For once, it wasn't below zero. In fact, the sun had a hint of warmth to it, so I thought, "What the heck? Let's go for at least a little walk."
I reached inside the front door and grabbed her leash.
As soon as she saw it, Chloe went nuts. I wish I had a video.
She grabbed the leash in her mouth as if she was going to walk me.
She stopped and looked back at me, as if saying, "Hurry up. Let's go. I haven't got all day."
Words of caution from my husband rang in my ears, "Be careful. The roads are icy." We took off down the street in front of our house. My very first slice of life post kept running through my mind.
It was a great walk. Although we went very slowly (well, I went slow. Chloe wanted to run the whole time), it felt good to be outside. And it was pretty. Fresh, new snow. The beginning warmth of the sun. People were outside!
Chloe had a blast. She pranced the whole way. Smiling at being able to be outside again (even she doesn't like the below zero stuff we've had forever). I laughed at her tugging at me, wanting to run. There just isn't any place for her to go right now.
Once we got back to the foot of our driveway, I let go of the leash.
She raced as fast as she could to the house, to my husband as he finished the last of the shoveling. She ran circles around us as we stood there laughing at her antics.
The walk reminded me to appreciate what I have and the world around me. To accept that I can't change the weather or the snow days. I can only change my attitude towards it.
Sometimes, you just have to run in the snow....