“I live about 60 miles northwest of New York City, and whenever there’s news of a big snowstorm coming, everyone runs for the store. The perishable items are usually the first things to go, which doesn’t make sense because they perish.” Susan Beth Pfeffer
I had been watching the weather report for several days as the news had been predicting a major snowstorm to hit my area. I went to the store and got essentials for every storm: batteries for flashlights, gas for the generator, salt for the driveway, bottled water and canned foods, I dragged a ¼ cord of wood into my garage and got something sweet to eat.
In the past the anticipation of a snowstorm would only cause me anxiety because of what that really meant for us. Due to my loved one’s illness the preparations were extensive as they included making sure that we had plenty of oxygen tanks, all prescriptions had to be filled and no matter how much snow fell the driveway had to be cleared as soon as possible just in case we had to call for an ambulance.
But today was different as this was the first major snowstorm that I would be going through without him. I found myself enjoying the thought of a real snow day. We had lived in the northeast for twelve years and this snow day would be the first with no worries. It reminded me of the kind of snow day that the kids look forward to – only fun, relaxing, book reading, game playing and eating comfort food.
I put together a pot of soup and it was simmering on the stove; the living room was warm from the fireplace and I sat on the bench in front of my picture window enjoying the view as the snow started to fall. The flakes were big and beautiful and the woods were covered with a blanket of snow within a short period of time.
I was filled with gratitude and appreciation for the beautiful woods that surround my home even though there would be three feet of snow in the morning. I was enjoying the quiet that came from this snowstorm and as I sat on my couch, I realized that the peace I was feeling was actually calming my soul. This was the perfect snow day.