Just Cold

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 sunlight

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.

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