Diaries Magazine

I Know Them

By Owlandtwine
I Know ThemI Know ThemI Know ThemI Know Them
They jump out of  bed and fling the curtains open.  Snow!  It snowed!  In ten seconds they will come running for our room, pull the covers from my face and declare those exact words a breath's distance from my smile, as if I wasn't already listening for their feet to touch ground and witness one of nature's most spectacular shows from my flannel cocoon.  Just like I know what comes next before they even breathe.  Theo will ask if he can change into his snow pants as soon as he gets home from school and go out to play.  Sully will say he's staying in to play Batman but will end up dragging his snowsuit down from his closet and beg me to help him into it once he sees Theo getting ready to go out.  
Like the quiet hush nature delivers on a snowy morning, I feel an equal magic deep in the marrow of my being.  I know my children in the same mysterious, magical way.  I know their loud places and quiet places.  I know how one needs his creativity tended to most and how the other needs an extra dose of nurturing to feel like it's safe to open up and be himself.  One loves eggs and the other hates eggs.  One loves breakfast sausage and the other hates breakfast sausage.  One loves chocolate milk and one will only drink white milk.  They both hate tiny green "spices" in their food.  I tell them they will probably loves those spices when they get older and they think it's funny like knock knock, who's there, funny.  But I know this to be true because they are from my thread, we are woven together and I know them.
The time has come this late afternoon to go out in the snow and play - the first snow play of this season.  They are squeeing and performing snow dances.  Theo is frantically searching for his ski goggles so that he can "swim" in the snow.  Sully is moving slow-fast, the extra weight of a full down snowsuit, a heavy load.  He's going for a snow shovel, which I know he will wield through the gray air and probably hit Theo.  And he did.
It was bitter cold outside; they didn't last very long.  But it was long enough to eat snow, make snow angels, mow the snow, laugh and cry.  They came inside and deposited the first of many heaps of wet gear in the entry way and placed their icicle bodies in front of the fireplace, needy for warmth.  I delivered cups of thick hot cocoa, marshmallows dancing. 
These boys!, I thought with all the warmth in the world flooding me.  This is when I feel the most connected.  I see myself in the snowflakes folded together origami-like and held by the branch.  I feel my fire and their fire and your fire inside of me, all the same.  It was the first day of snow play.  It only lasted for about thirty minutes, including cocoa by the fire.  In the moment it was everything stitched together, whole.

You Might Also Like :

Back to Featured Articles on Logo Paperblog

These articles might interest you :

  • Harry and Meghan Announce That They Are Expecting Their First Child

    Harry Meghan Announce That They Expecting Their First Child

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex while arriving in Australia for their first official overseas tour have released some special news. They are having a baby. The... Read more

    The 15 October 2018 by   Solarisastro
    BODY, MIND, SPIRIT, SPIRITUALITY
  • Concert Review: Some Roads Lead to Rome

    Concert Review: Some Roads Lead Rome

    Sir John Eliot Gardiner brings old-style Berlioz to Carnegie Hall. by Paul J. Pelkonen Sir John Eliot Gardiner. Photo courtesy Carnegie Hall. Historically... Read more

    The 15 October 2018 by   Superconductor
    CULTURE, THEATRE & OPERA
  • Cali Mavericks DoubleWood Whiskey Review

    Cali Mavericks DoubleWood Whiskey Review

    A craft bourbon made in California, through contract distillation, and finished in toasted French Oak; Cali Mavericks DoubleWood Whiskey is the latest thing to... Read more

    The 15 October 2018 by   Josh Peters
    DRINK
  • The Definitive Guide to Surviving Shopping at DMart

    It is a known fact that shopping at a DMart store can be a life-threatening experience. Which is why a guide like this is absolutely essential. Read more

    The 15 October 2018 by   Tejas Nair
  • Halloweens from Our Youth & Hellish Costumes

    Halloweens from Youth Hellish Costumes

    Let’s start with the obvious here. You could not breathe in these masks back in the 70s. You felt like you were being suffocated or worse. Read more

    The 15 October 2018 by   Midlifemargaritas
    LIFESTYLE
  • North American P-51D Mustang

    North American P-51D Mustang

    @ Camarillo Municipal Airport, CA August 2017 This P-51 Mustang “Bunny”, from the Palm Springs Air Museum, taxies by for takeoff at the Wings Over Camarillo... Read more

    The 15 October 2018 by   Htam
    PHOTOGRAPHY, SOCIETY
  • ✔638. Westleigh Park

    ✔638. Westleigh Park

    Havant Waterlooville 0-1 GatesheadNational League Saturday 13th October 2018 Havant is a town in the south east corner of Hampshire, situated in between... Read more

    The 15 October 2018 by   Smidrophenia
    SOCCER, SPORTS

About the author


Owlandtwine 1192 shares View profile
View Blog

The Author's profile is not complete. The Author's profile is not complete. The Author's profile is not complete.

Paperblog Hot Topics

Magazines