Thursday, March 7, 2013

Surprises in the Snow

by Julie

It's Chicago. It's winter. There's snow. So what else is new?

Not to sound like one of those "I walked to school in the snow, up hill, both ways" kinda people, I do remember waiting at bus stops for overcrowded CTA buses to pick me up to take me to high school. Did I mention I was wearing a skirt? And because the school I went to was uber strict, we couldn't wear jeans to and from school, even if we planned to change out of them once we arrived. No jeans at my school - ever.

This wasn't some posh boarding school. This was a typical south side of Chicago parochial institution. I loved it there, to be honest. I loved every minute... well, except for waiting on the street corners in the middle of winter for the buses to come. Half the time they'd be so filled with commuters the buses would slush right past me and I'd be stuck waiting another ten or fifteen minutes in the freezing cold for the next one.

These days life in our Chicago winters is much nicer. My garage is attached to my house and the only time I'm out in the cold is when I choose to be. I wear down jackets and warm clothing. I wear jeans whenever I feel like it (which is most every day) and the snow and the cold don't hold the misery for me that they once did.

All this puts me in a happier mood. And the snow must know I harbor it no ill will anymore. Look at the lovely heart I found in my driveway the other day!

I peeked out my bedroom window and there it was! How fun!

Yeah, in case you're wondering, this picture isn't from the current snow, but from the one last week. We had a lot more to shovel and snowblow this time around.

Anyway, finding that heart made me realize that there are probably little unexpected happy surprises around us all the time. I need to remember to look for them.

Hope this heart brightens your day the way it did mine!


Shel said...

Ok, Julie, now I have to ask: Which parochial high school? My mother in law and sister in law went to Mt. Assisi. (You can email me if you don't want to answer here, LOL)

Aurian said...

I do believe winters are getting more cold and white lately. We have had 2 nice warm and sunny days of spring this week, but this weekend they are predicting snow again.
I still love watching the word turn white.

Diane L said...

I went to Parochial school too, and loved it. In Ma. Loved the snow then. Not so much now.
I had planned to move today but here in Ct, we now have your bad weather. I called the movers and was able to change the date until Monday.. The closing on my house isn't until next week, if septic work is done, so I'm ok to stay here.

Julie Hyzy said...

No problem, Shel. I have a couple of friends who went to Mt. Assisi. I attended Maria High School in the city. They're closing soon though - sigh. What a great experience I had there.

Aurian - I do too. I even walked outside for a while yesterday, just to make footprints in my back yard. Haven't done that in a long time and I loved it. Such a crisp, clear night.

Diane - oh no! It's great that you were able to reschedule. Thank goodness!

dollycas aka Lori said...

How cool! We are buried a few miles North of you too and I am so ready for Spring!

Jeannie D. said...

As they say, "Life is not measured by the breath's you take, but the moment's that takes your breath away." A good reason to look for the little things in life. On a non philosophical note, I grew up in the 60's and we weren't aloud to wear pants at our school. I can still remember how cold my knee caps felt standing in the snow waiting for the bus. Brrr!