Okay, it wasn’t really Antarctica, but it sure seemed like it!
Sometimes you need a little sunshine, a change of scenery and a delightful child or two to put your insides right again.
I was feeling pretty horrible the other day because of the recent child abuse tragedy. I wrote articles and researched more than I felt I could bear and then I hist post for the last time of the afternoon and asked the kids who wanted to go on a walk with me.
Two fabulous girls said yes and off we went.
Anna brought a walking stick that she collected at Lake Superior last fall. During the whole trip, she kept a running dialog about its magical properties and an imaginary world she made up as we went.
It drove Victoria crazy.
Finally, we got to the end of the world. Or the end of the street, anyway, which ends in a cornfield. It also happens to be where the snowplows have pushed all the nearby snow, creating a pretty cool place!
Anna used her trusty stick to climb the side of it and triumphantly surveyed her domain.
Victoria is never one to take the easy way, so she decided to run up the side of it.
There was a lot of falling down.
She even got this close. It’s very hard to grab onto snow!
Then finally, triumph!
Once the girls were finally on solid ground, they talked me into climbing up and joining them. What another world it was! The girls raced and ran and explored and we had a blast.
(See how the girls are standing right on top of the snow? It is actually pretty deep but they are light on their feet and didn’t usually sink in, unlike their mama! Note to self: eat less chocolate!)
Then we climbed back over and slid down into the real world again. Even me.
I believe we have to do all we can to make the world a better place. But I also believe we have to play and imagine and take time out to go explore Antarctica sometimes.
I also believe in lots of hot cocoa.