It has become evident that lifestyle modifications are required. These welcome changes go hand-in-hand with a new job, and we are now busy developing transportation strategies and exploring the logistics of weekly shopping trips.
During difficult times, feelings can be controlled and deliberately directed towards the most positive aspects of existence. Attila and I have just come through a period of rigidly controlled emotions. Since Attila accepted his new job, we have been going through an emotional transformation. First, we experienced the initial relief at the prospect of an income.
Then another interesting after effect of our period of worry surfaced. The emotions kept firmly in place while we addressed survival issues, have suddenly started to draw themselves outside the lines. We weathered a few days of passionate discussion and realignment. We circled. We parried. We have drawn new borders and boundaries to accommodate a new reality, and seem to be settling in nicely.
The whole process of freeze and thaw reminds me of childhood winter play. My siblings and I loved the snow. When temperatures dropped and the world turned white, we donned every available piece of clothing and ran out the door into the fields and forest. It was difficult to coax us back indoors. Happy hours went by digging, piling, tunnelling, throwing, and rolling about making snow angels. Finally, as the light faded, hunger would drive us towards the warmly lit windows of home.
Thawing began before the last neck scarf was removed, the last boot lined up on the tray. Our fingers, toes and rosy cheeks soon felt as if they were dipped in boiling oil. We would dance and cry out, laugh and whimper.
At the end of those days of joy and pain, we slept deeply. Our first waking thoughts would instantly fly from the warmth of our beds, to the white beyond the walls. After gulping our breakfast, we would layer on the now dry over-clothing and burst out the door to play with the new day.
I think a second childhood could be a wonderful thing.
|RECIPES :: Cast
Land of Dreams
On the Screen
Da Vinci's Inquest
a Canadian Series about the Vancouver Coroner's Office
[We watched this Friday night, and enjoyed it very much.]
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Sunset 6:00 PM EST
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