It is 8:00am on a Monday morning. The world outside my window is coated in white. Leaves blow and swirl in the gusty wind. The freezing rain is pelting off my window panes. Thankfully, we are warm and cozy inside. My girls have already been outside in their pajamas documenting the first visual proof that winter is here. Soon they plan to blog about it. As the school buses rolled by splashing slush, loaded with children wearing hats and mittens looking out at the slush, my girls were in it, appreciating it, playing in it. Their favorite picture is of our dogs’ paw prints on the back stairs. I wonder what they will write?
They are back inside and I sit with my hot cup of coffee, my dogs curled at my feet, and the radiators of our old home creaking away. This is my idea of wonderful. The girls are now upstairs cleaning their room. Yup....cleaning their room at 8 am on a Monday morning because THEY WANT TO!! Most wonderful.
I have looked forward to this season at home with my girls. If today were a typical school day of one year ago, I would be scrambling to find hats, scarves and mittens. I would be packing lunches and looking for misplaced folders. Three umbrellas would be needed for the walk down the hill to school. Recess would be cancelled for as long as anything white is on the ground, our school’s policy is that children stay indoors. The reason -- snow and ice are too dangerous. Really? It is just November. Winters can be very long here in New England. The children will be kept inside a long time. If my girls want to go out, the door is open for them. When they get cold, they come back in. How wonderful to have no restrictions on fresh air!
Now I sit listening to the patter of rain slowly melt the accumulation of ice and snow and I hear music coming from upstairs. Grace and Lilah asked for permission to view youtube for their favorite Selena Gomez and Taylor Swift videos to listen while they clean. Grace grinned ear to ear and told me this is the “best morning ever!”. Yes, baby it is.
What a wonderful start to a brand new week!