The Strait of Juan de Fuca last weekend; the border of the U.S. and Canada in the pouring rain.
You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
For a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about your despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting –
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.
What do you wear for a surprise snow day in October? If you’re like me and you overprepare for trips just in case, lots of layers and some surprisingly-great snow boots.
Here’s what I’m wearing:
I’m really, really not a cold weather person, and usually I’m shivering and miserable every time I go outside in winter. I’m finally learning to layer, though, and I was pretty proud of being warm for hours and hours outside here.
Back in October, we got out of DC for a long weekend at Blackwater Falls State Park in West Virginia. We thought there’d only be flurries, so we were pretty surprised to get to the lodge at the state park and discover the forecast was for five inches of snow.
I had brought tons of warm clothing and my new snow boots just in case, thinking I’d be doing more walking around in cold mud than anything else, but the boy hadn’t even brought a coat. He’s half polar bear, I swear. This was a little too cold even for him, so we went to the nearest Wal-Mart (an hour away, in Maryland) and bought him a cheap jacket. *laugh*
At any rate, the snow was great. It started falling in earnest after we got back to the lodge and snowed all night and the next day. And there was no wind, so it was just absolutely a perfect day to be outside. I’m pretty amateur with my video camera to say the least, but I made another little video just of the beautiful snow.