Tuesday, February 21, 2012

ON FUN ~ Snowless Miracles...

At the age of 45, writer Regina Brett wrote a column for the Cleveland Plain Dealer listing 45 lessons that life had taught her thus far. As a breast cancer survivor, many of those lessons were learned the hard way. Five years later she added five more lessons rounding her list up to 50 and turned her popular list into a book called God Never Blinks. I found her list to be entertaining, inspiring and thought provoking. I thought I would go through each of her lessons learned and write about how that lesson has or has not come up in my own life, now that I am over 40 and feel old enough to have finally learned something.

"Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting for you to discover."
~ LESSON #39

It takes a lot for me to become stir crazy. I have spent many a weekend snug as a bug in a rug in my home, curled up on the couch, watching bad TV and being thankful that Andy feeds me so I don't have to get up or go out and find something to eat. Some might call that lazy. I call it bliss. However, when a little Bumble comes into your world and requires you to get out of bed at the crack of dawn and you find yourself wide-awake, showered and holding a baby already bored with the circuit of toys our home provides by 9AM, you do whatever you can to get the hell out of the house. The miracle I'm looking for by heading outside is a peaceful baby boy.

In a typical Boston winter, we would be hibernating indoors from November to March due to blistering wind chills and heavy snowfall. There would not be the opportunity to take a stroll somewhere other than in a mall or museum and the process of scraping ice, shoveling snow and bundling layer upon layer to get there is not often worth it, nevermind the poor driving conditions. But this year is the anti-winter in Boston. We have had snow once - ONCE - the entire season. And judging by Sammy's reaction above to that expedition, it is a good thing. He must have inherited his mother's aversion to the white stuff. Instead, most weeks this winter there has been at least one day warm enough to go for a walk through the neighborhood.

We go in and out, running all kinds of errands without the hassle of clearing off the car or worrying about slippery roads. We can hang out on the back porch and watch Tedy wonder how to catch birds. We can check out our neighbor's backyard ice rink which has been nothing more than a swimming pool this season. Forever resourceful, they were out there in their canoe with the lights on the other night, making the most of what nature has given us.

As the warmer weather arrives for good, my walks with Sammy will become more frequent and longer. As his alertness improves and his motor skills develop, we'll be able to explore outside and I'll smile at all of the firsts he discovers from the miracles all around us. While I would still prefer to sleep in and watch the wonders of the world from the comfort of my couch via the National Geographic channel, I am doing my best to make sure my little boy grows up to prefer going outside every day to find those miracles waiting for him. If nothing else, it will give me time to take a nap.


Lin said...

LOVE the photo--it is hilarious. :)

When I stayed home with the kids, I used to just hate February and March. Damn, those were long months. My neighbor and I used to do "play group" with the kids once a week--just to get out of the house and have other people to look at besides each other. We didn't care what we did--we just found something. anything.

It's not bad when you can get out, but gees, those are some long months when you are stuck in the house. Enjoy it while you can!

stacybuckeye said...

That is the best picture EVER! Seriously that needs to be entered in some photo contest somewhere.
This is THE BEST winter to have a baby. It is hard to keep them entertained. We try to spend mornings out of the house. If I can keep him occupied until lunchtime the rest of the day is a breeze. This only works now that Gage is mainly down to one nap.
I could easily spend a weekend curled up at home with tv and a book or two. I think those days are gone for us for awhile :)

Sandy Nawrot said...

Hey man I feel his pain. I freaking HATE the snow! Except on Christmas. If I have to get out in it, it gets old in about 10 minutes. I never had that problem with my kids because they were born down here. We have literally scoured every single outdoor thing a kid might like in the Orlando area, and everything within an hour or two drive. Poor Sammy. Him needs Disney.

Nellie said...

I love the image of being curled up inside the house. It takes a lot to bring about that stir-crazy mood in me as well.

kaye said...

your first paragraph was right on the nose--made me laugh! All kids get a little stir crazy during the spring as the weather changes it's mind so frequently.

Kaye said...

Oh, poor Sammy. He does not look like a happy camper!

Margot said...

That little baby snow-angel is so cute. Funny too. Your post was a great reminder of one of my experiences. We were transferred north to Iowa when our first baby was 10 months old. Our new pediatrician, on the first visit, told me to take him outdoors every single day. He patted my shoulder and said my baby would love the fresh air and all the fun things he saw but what he really NEEDED was the vitamin D that only comes from the sun. Iowa is also snow covered from Thanksgiving to Easter but I bought warm clothes for all of us and did it. That baby is now a healthy 44 year-old who loves being outdoors - every day.

Kathleen said...

Unless I am skiing or snow boarding I have the same reaction to snow that Sammy does! What a great picture! I agree about getting outside each day. I'm lucky to live in California where we can get outside year round. I take walks near where I work almost every day now. I take pictures of some of the neat stuff I see along the way. It gets me up from my desk and it is good for the soul!