There are many kinds of warmth…
Knoxville is not known as a mecca for snow lovers. We have just received the first significant snow of 2014 and, along with it, record cold temperatures are coming. I just went outside to get some bottles of water out of my car for fear they’d freeze and I had to go back into the house to get a bottle of warm water to pour down the door seal in order to unfreeze my door to get it open so I could GET the water bottles out. While I did this, Our Boy Roy went outside for a brief tinkle and was pretty eager to get his business done and get back in the house!
I scratched on my windshields and the snow looks fluffy, but it’s camouflaging ice underneath, so scraping/hacking/chiseling when I need to drive eventually will be necessary…and not fun. For today, though, I am burrowed in, snuggled up with Our Boy Roy and grateful to be home.
I’ve called and texted Dad and Reed to make sure they are warm and dry. Sweet Pea is at work and I am praying he can make it home safely tonight. Right now the sunshine has broken through the cloud cover, which could actually make weather issues worse if melting occurs where the sun hits and then it refreezes, making ice where the snow used to be.
Days like this make me grateful…and a little sad. I know that, while my house is not ideal, I have a roof over my head, I am safe and warm and dry. I think of our homeless population on days like this and pray that they can find shelter and a meal. I am grateful that I sing and serve at a church that helps neighbors in need and I know that my church and many others are providing warmth and food. I am reminded of the fact that I and mine, we who are so few, have been blessed with so much, while there are so many among us with so little. The paradox is not lost on me.
I think of the bereaved and the lonely on days like this and pray that they can find warmth of spirit. I give thanks for the abundance of love in my life, for the provision of material needs and the gift of health. I wrap myself in an old quilt, a flannel nightgown and fluffy socks, and settle into the simple comfort of just being warm enough.