It’s the ungraceful hour of 6 AM on Thursday. To say the least this morning’s weather rates up there in the brutal zone with a polar vortex/cold front/freakin’ cold monster clutching us in its teeth. Schools have been canceled (don’t laugh Alaskans and Canadians, we don’t endure this stuff every day like you do).
As I laid myself to sleep last night I prayed the good Lord would delay Dickens’s nature call until it got a little warmer, say 5 degrees, so he wouldn’t become an ice pup. Nope. No such luck…up at the crack of dawn. So, what did I do? I pretended to sleep praying he would settle down and have mercy on himself and me. Silly girl.
So, I gave up and got up. Readying myself and Dickens for a cold, Arctic embrace, I worried. Cold can damage tender paws, cause joint issues, and just be very tough on dogs. Coats (that’s right, more than one) safely clipped on, I applied some paw wax to each of those little paws to serve as a temporary barrier from icy pavement and rock salt. Paw wax consists of a mixture of pure beeswax mixed with coconut oil and olive oil all melted together to make lip balm…only its for dogs…and me. I donned about six layers, two pairs of socks (thank you, Myra) and a huge stadium coat. I looked like the Michelin lady.
It’s the fastest pre-dawn walk we’ve ever clocked. We made it around the block in 5 minutes. Dickens sniffed and I urged him to “get busy”. He sniffed to find his spot. I bit my lip hoping the Almighty protected us from the sharp air as Dickens barked his way through it all (sorry, neighbors) perhaps saying “Hey, it’s cold out here!” Ya think? Thankfully, he did his business and we raced back home.
Once home and removed of all the layers, I proceeded to make Dickens a warm breakfast of ground turkey and green beans, whilst I stood in front of the brewing coffee pot expressing profound gratitude that we’d survive the first of many walks today. Why is it that the first sip of the day’s first coffee sets the tone of the entire day?
As the hot liquid dripped into the pot it reminded me of our fragility here on earth…of the seen and unseen forces that live among us, so why, then, aren’t we kinder to each other? As we live in the grip of a polar vortex, an unseen force of nature, one that can snap power lines, cancel schools, and kill, why would we ever be so unkind to each other? So, today, I ask you to be kinder to each other. If you live in a cold snap area and know of an elderly person in your neighborhood, call or stop by to see if they need anything…that they’re warm enough…have enough food…enough medicine. It seems to me if we address the fragility in our human nature by helping each other, we just might create a more tolerable climate.