We drove up the snowy, winding road towards the cozy A-frame cabin. We made sure to leave early so we would have time to get settled in and then relax as we watched the sunset while drinking steamy cups of cocoa. There's nothing more peaceful or comforting than the sounds of this winter paradise, the stillness in the crisp, cool air, and the solitude, or rather the feeling of one-ness with nature. Leaving the chaos behind for the beautiful, natural, simplicity of this rural haven. Even if only for a few days, heaven could be ours.
Opening the door to greet the day each morning is the ritual that keeps me going. Whatever I face when I take that first breath of fresh air prepares me for the rest of my day. I instituted this vital early step in my begin-the-day routine when I realized that breathing the stale air inside only served to keep my thoughts and feelings stale as well. This was no way for a creative to start her day, so I changed it.
Which Side Is Contained?
Cindy couldn't hide the excitement on her face. She'd been waiting for this day to come all week. Her upcoming excursion to the aquarium with her cousin and parents was all she talked about with her friends at recess, all she wrote and drew about in her journal during writing workshop, and all she daydreamed about during math. Her obsession didn't stop when the school day was over. She imagined all the colorful sea creatures she would see on the bus ride home and once she was there, relayed her mind's creations and guesses to her parents. Even the family dog wasn't immune to her fascination: Cindy would happily talk the ear off of anyone who would listen, and sometimes that meant her subject was Fargo.