(p.s. for reference sake, Matt is 6’2…)
Dear Companions of the Road,
How is everyone on this cold winter day?
Please tell me you aren’t reading this whilst driving. You have enough problems behind the wheel without reading this letter while in motion.
So… it’s winter. In Wisconsin. With snow. And ice. Who knew?
Driving is scary. Oh so scary with the snow. And the ice. And the cold. Who can drive in all this cold?
Madisonians. My dear friends, unless you arrived here from Egypt yesterday with your previous “car” being a camel, you have no excuse for the inching along you call driving. Does your speedometer even register that speed?
I know it snowed on SUNDAY, Lovies and that was terrifying with all that WHITE STUFF FALLING FROM THE SKY! But it was less than 10 inches. And five days ago.
A truly traumatic experience being that it’s Wisconsin and again, who would have thought it would, ya know, SNOW IN DECEMBER?! But I’m asking you to reach into the depths of your soul and grab your inner most strength, conquer that fear and DA-RIVE!!
You see, some of us have places to go, with specific times we need to be there. Communist in nature but that school place has what they call a “start time” and my work? Also with the “start time”.
Clearly this point is lost on you, Driver, who sees a patch of something up ahead and brakes. Hard. Could that be snow!? IS THAT ICE?! Oh, silly me it’s just a sheet of paper in the road. But I better slow to 3 MPH JUST. IN. CASE.
Are you one of those drivers who panics before a hill. A HILL! In which snow once was. Five days ago! Perhaps I should slow down, ON THE HILL. Snow might develop again at any moment. Can never be too careful.
Does the narrowness of city streets due to the snow mountains on either side send you into a panic? Do you rectify this anxiety by saying “screw that lane thing, I’m driving down the middle!”
Yes, the snow piles are sort of like monsters who will eat you alive if you get too close to them, but if you sing Frosty the Snowman at the top of your lungs (preferably with your window open so the snow can hear) and move OVER to your side of the street, the snow mounds won’t get you. Promise. Try it. Please.
And to the woman who was WRAPPING PRESENTS IN THE BACKSEAT OF HER CAR WITH THE DOOR OPEN on one of those said narrow streets, perhaps you could find a better spot to wrap. Just a thought.
My dear Madisonians, it’s quite early in the the season. In fact Winter doesn’t officially start until next week. I have a feeling we’ll be getting even more snow. And ice. And cold.
So please, I implore you, GET A GRIP, some winter driving therapy, or four wheel drive.
Until I see you on the roads again,
Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night.
And please don’t forget the gas pedal on the right.
Hugs and kisses,
Many moons ago (13 years to be exact) when I was going through a massive nervous breakdown hard time, on Sunday nights I would write in my diary a list of the things I could look forward to in the upcoming week. No matter how big or small, it was something that kept me going.
Thankfully life isn’t even in the same galaxy as it was when I was 25 and living in that depressing one bedroom apartment that was so close to the Minneapolis airport I could only catch 15 minutes of Friends due to the planes taking off and landing. But still with this winter Never Ending and the new 9 inches of snow we just got, I thought I could use a list.
I’m going to call it Gratitude Tuesday. (You know…between this and Wordless Wednesday, Thirsty Thursday and maybe even a Frugal Friday this blog might soon turn into just a template. I can leave behind the days of having to THINK and be CREATIVE. I’ll have the Mad Libs of blogs. “The (noun) of (a type of royalty) (person in the room)“)
So here are my Top Five Reasons to Feel Grateful this week and therefore stop mopping around in my snow boots.
1. This year I actually have a real valentine on Valentine’s Day, one who isn’t required to love me because of blood ties.
2. My toothache turned out to be absolutely nothing but a popcorn kernel stuck. (TMI? Maybe but this is my list. Make your own list and censor it.)
3. When we got an invite for my nephew’s birthday party which happens to be at the exact same date and time as Ben’s baseball game, my boy said of his own free will, “Family trumps baseball.” Clearly I’m doing something right with this parenting thing.
4. Lost is back and on tonight. That is all.
5. It’s environmentally impossible for winter to last too much longer, right? Even if the answer is no, lie to me.
What’s your list? Maybe if I can get someone tech savvy enough to help, I’ll get a Mr. Linky thing going and we can all share our Gratitude Tuesdays. (Yes, that was a HUGE whopping hint for someone to help me. Please and thank you.)
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