Everyday Dose Of Reality
The start of winter has settled on Northern Minnesota. A small snow fall started yesterday and still continues this morning. Temperatures estimated for us say the snow is here to stay. This morning was the beginning of the morning ritual of layering the kids with snow gear for school. Let me tell you, getting this many kids dressed to go out in the snowy cold is an event. And, I don’t mean the good type. I know I lost 5 pounds getting them all suited up, I had sweat on my brow. Our 5 and 3 year olds, Tinkerbelle and Minnie Mouse, looked like giant pink and black pillows with boots. I asked the older kids to please help them down the driveway and on to the bus. Minnie has a hard time climbing on the bus without mega poof to her. I watched from the door our band of fluffy Eskimos walked the driveway in a line, hand in hand. In an old set of encyclopedias we had growing up there was a picture of a band of Eskimos walking the very same way, on a walrus hunt. Minnie slipped and laid on her back kicking much like a turtle. At first the band didn’t notice and kept walking, dragging her along. She spun on her back and tried rolling side to side to get flipped over. Once they stood her back up on her feet the bus pulled up. Like cockroaches in the light, the kids scattered to the bus leaving Minnie shuffling along. I watched all the little feet disappear onto the bus and Minnie try and drag her body up on the bottom step. Maybe Peggy, their bus driver has a rope ladder she can unfurl for Minnie. Ah the start of winter is here.