Sunday, February 23, 2014

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When we close out this day in New York we will still have a few more weeks of cold and stormy weather to work through.  But the tantalizing glimpse of the future offered through sunny skies and temps well into the fifties this weekend felt as pleasurable as a first step in the sand at a favorite beach.
Like a lesson in antonyms, crocuses peeked through the soil across the street from giant mounds of mold laden and debris peppered snow.  And skaters, cyclists and joggers moved freely on trails and paths leading away from parking lots featuring still stranded cars.
The heavy weight of three, four, five or maybe even six wintry mix events has been lifted off of us.   ‘Ice dams’ will soon be a phrase I can forget I ever heard.
My shoulder is feeling better from the break in shoveling and I believe I won’t have to see the orthopedist after all.
Bystanders and traffic can coexist with tall buildings while no longer fearing large falling chunks of ice.  Streets are suddenly wider again and if I forget to fold over my side view mirror it’s no longer synonymous with a scheduled trip to the auto body shop.   
The tilting patios are beginning to level. 
Maybe….just maybe…I will consider driving on the Bronx River Potholeway again. 
I can think of a time when I will open my heating bill without first shuttering.  As a good sign, I have forgotten about the portable heater that helped keep the plumbing at the rear end of the house from freezing. 
And the self diagnosed frostbite on my cheek was just redness.
So too as I feel the seasons hardships slip away I will miss the snow forts and snowball fights with fav bud.  I’m glad as well for the sleigh riding trips.  And thankful, yes I’m even grateful, for occasionally being outside and in harmony with the quiet peacefulness of fresh fallen snow.

© 2014 Christopher’s Views


  1. A wonderful post, Christopher, as always! I love your descriptions of your current winter -- the good and the bad, and there are both, as always!! Thank you for sharing. Hope you have a great week ahead, stay warm, and most important of all, enjoy!!

  2. ha. i think i might miss it at some point...
    they are playing the hokey pokey with whether or not we will get more snow this week
    we will see...i enjoyed a warm day was nice to get out to the baseball field
    and pitch to my son...

  3. You're right - each season has its delights. Especially winter if we can look past the chaos it brings sometimes.

  4. We didn't have a proper winter at all this time, and still feel so happy about the first spring days - how much more must you feel it after what you went through!

  5. Spring? What's that? We're still totally buried and experiencing cold temperatures. We are heated by propane, here. January's bill was just a hair under $1,000. I'm so ready for spring!

  6. ah... such joyful optimistic writing

  7. You will never hear me say I miss snow or cold. Never. We're supposed tot hit high 60's tomorrow, before another cold spell.

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