Things the -20 degree cold weather brings: a deeper appreciation of
the warmth of a cat purring in your lap
the kitchen heat of a roasting dinner
the gathering of blankets and the warmth of daughters curled against me
the shutting the door when the neighbors come in, as if pushing the cold out as an uninvited guest
the embrace of a steaming bath when evening falls
the way we come together with candles and warm beverages to watch movies
the way we stay here, right here, because there’s nowhere to go in this cold.