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A gift or a curse?

By Zahira FPublished 2 months ago 1 min read
Top Story - February 2024

I open the front door sitting on the stoop, pulling my blanket tighter around my shoulders. Cupping my steamy mug in my hands, pondering. I can smell it in the air, the crisp, frosty humidity. It's different from the sticky wetness you feel in the summer and the dry prickling breeze of the temperate desert winters. This cold seeps into your bones, you feel the steam in your nose and the dampness in your boots.

But that smell... they share the same icy tinge that tells you it's coming. The white blanket that silences the world. Trapping the warmth that encourages the rot or by the morning, turning to slush that fills your shoes.

Some people see the comfort of family. Warm hearths and fresh baked cookies, beautifully wrapped presents and glittering tree lights reflecting back off the unsullied crystals, not yet touched by humanity. Waiting for memories to be made. Excited by the prospect of a day off school, annoyed thinking about clearing windshields to make it to work in time.

Other people see a struggle with the elements. Survival made that much harder. Staying dry, a pipe dream, warmth is sought at the local library during the day or the bottom of a bottle at night.

Unwelcome where they don't understand that a blessing to some is a curse to others. All they care about is the smell of mildew and whiskey, clothes tattered because they're the only chance to maybe keep warm. I look up, It's snowing.

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  • Samrah nadeem2 months ago

  • Samrah nadeem2 months ago

    Nice story

  • Dariusz 2 months ago

    Congratulations on top story :)

  • Caroline Jane2 months ago

    I felt like I was sat there with you, pondering. 🥰

  • ROCK 2 months ago

    A sincerely wonderful, thoughtful and graceful piece. Well done!

  • Lightbringer 2 months ago

    A Beautiful Story

  • Anna 2 months ago

    Congrats on Top Story!🥳

  • Gerald Holmes2 months ago

    Love that you have shown this from both sides. Your words speak truth to how I feel about snow, sometimes welcomed in its beauty and sometimes despised in its timing. Congrats on the Top Story.

  • Back to say congratulations on your Top Story! 🎉💖🎊🎉💖🎊

  • Hannah Moore2 months ago

    I love the snow, but I am always aware what a privilege it is that I can afford to love the snow.

  • Daphsam2 months ago

    Outstanding piece of writing. I love the imagery, congratulations on your top story. 

  • Gabriel Huizenga2 months ago

    What a beautifully crafted reflection. Thank you for sharing, and congrats on the top story!

  • Ashley Shiflett2 months ago

    Very well put! I love how you show both sides. ❤️

  • JBaz2 months ago

    What a great perspective, one that is often overlooked. You wrote this beautifully. Congratulations on Top Story

  • "Unwelcome where they don't understand that a blessing to some is a curse to others." This line was so profound! Loved your story!

  • Test2 months ago

    Your writing was truly remarkable. I enjoyed it immensely and couldn't identify any shortcomings. You're welcome! Wishing you a day brimming with smiles, always!

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