Today I love stormy days and sunshine mixed together. I love the rattling of the awnings on the street in the stiff cold breeze, the flapping of the drape ends and the street flags, the ghosts of snow that stand up and float determinedly down the street to drop and lie camouflaged on the sidewalk as if they were hiding from someone’s glance. I love the way my part of the world packs up the outdoors for winter and leaves it to be scoured clean by ice and snow, scrubbing the trees clean of their leaves, ice blasting walls and windows, freezing the nasty biota that carry viral infections. I love heading out all wrapped up in cold weather gear and thriving. I love that it feels like I am being allowed to be in a place where only a few can go, like I am special, privileged. I love storms and drifting snow, though I know it holds people up and keeps them from traveling, but I love the raw power of it every bit as much as I love the rain and the wind and the lightning and thunder from other seasons. I love that I am strong enough to live here, old enough to know how, wiry enough to thrive, and young enough to find ways to play in it all.
Today I love people who know that true faith is based on ones own beliefs and therefore cannot be threatened by the beliefs of others. I love those who can maintain their beliefs without having to impose them on others. I love those who can believe and yet respect the beliefs of others, that takes some doing apparently. I love those who believe in the strength of others. I love those who embrace this world as a community and believe that someday we will all accept that model, because that won’t happen unless we believe it can. I love the idea of the world being a single geopolitical entity, a global country, a truly global village. I love that I believe the day will come when I can call someone on the other side of this planet my neighbor and no one will consider that to be strange.
Today I love thinking about Christmas presents for people. I love the way the dining room is slowly changing and though it still cannot be used as a dining room, but its potential can be seen. I love knowing that there is a lot of food out there yet to be tried by me and I look forward to trying all of it that I get opportunities to try.
Today I love drinking coffee in my Wednesday office in the middle of a storm day and knowing that I was able to drive here safely on good tires with a competent navigator through this cold and stormy day during which every now and then … the sun shines through.