I was expecting a package so I put on my coat, hat, scarf, gloves and boots. I flipped up my hood and headed out into the below zero weather to get the mail.
The cold air hit my face, I could hear the crunch of my boots hitting the frozen snow under my feet. The sun was just setting and I was suddenly taken back to my youth.
I was on my way to the park to go ice skating. The laces for my skates are tied together and the skates hanging over my shoulder. I'm meeting up with my friends as we walked the two blocks to the park.
There was a warming house where you could change from your boots into your skates. Then back out into the cold you would go. Your scarf covers your face to try keep you warm but it just freezes. I've worn glasses since the third grade so going from the cold into the warmth always steams up your glasses. But we had fun.
I get to the mail box. Ah, there is my package and more mail. I grab it and head back to the house. Our mailbox is about 1/8th of a mile from our house so it's not a short walk, but most days it's a nice walk. Today was no exception. There was no wind so it really didn't feel too cold out.
I'm almost back to my house when the cold starts to hit my face. I'm brought back once again to the warming house and how thankful I was to have a place to warm up between circles around the ice rink and to put my frozen toes back into my boots before heading back home. The double socks didn't quite do the job.
I walk into my warm house and I'm thankful for the heat. I open my package only to be surprised it wasn't the package I was expecting. It was a nice surprise of chocolate hearts from a friend and a couple of valentines in the mail. It's been a while since I've received valentine cards from friends. My venture out into the cold was all worth it and tomorrow I'll do it again.
What winter memories do you have?
Pam Bohlken is an International Best-Selling Author, certified Reiki Master, Vibrational Sound Therapy Practitioner and Rapid Transformational Therapy Practitioner using hypnosis. She is helping her clients release stress in their bodies to promote healing in body, mind and soul. Pam is an amateur herbalist, she loves spending time with her grandchildren, gardening and sewing.