Singing, Snowing, and Shoveling

It’s the winter wonderland edition of three beautiful things!

1. As I leave my house on Wednesday morning, I hear a child loudly singing “Jingle Bells.” I look up to see her wrapped in a parka, sitting on her mother’s shoulders as they head down the street. As the mom prompts her on the words, the little girl continues to sing; I can still hear her well past the point where our paths diverge.

2. Even though the storm is barely underway, the hush of snowfall was already upon my usually-bustling city as I left Friday night’s Christmas party. (Bonus beauty: I left early enough to get a cab before the snow emergency rates kicked in and doubled my fare.)

3. A man shows up on my doorstep with two shovels, looking for work – just as I was steeling myself to take a first pass at digging out the sidewalk. I happily pony up the $20 we agree on for having both the front and back sides done, and he smiles gratefully when I present him with a cup of cocoa along with his cash.

What’s beautiful in your corner of the world?

4 thoughts on “Singing, Snowing, and Shoveling

  1. common loon December 19, 2009 / 5:01 pm

    2BT: Just returned from the appliance outlet and purchased a HE washer & HE dryer…for several hundred dollars less than we anticipated…and it was the CR 2009 “Best Buy” recommendations, too! No more puddles in the basement from our dying washer, no more 2+ hour drying cycles. Any recommendations whether to go powder or liquid for detergent? I can’t list a 3rd thing b/c it would contrast so significantly to this materialistic gratitude thing I’ve got going on. Oh, I hope the hook-ups go smoothly (we’re diy to save $)!!!

  2. Susan December 19, 2009 / 6:09 pm

    @CL..liquid! And happy day!

    1. Just wrote the Christmas letter (next…finding pictures!)
    2. Snow tunnels and forts!
    3. Being snowed in!!!!!!!

  3. sprite December 19, 2009 / 7:49 pm

    Playing in the snow on the Mall! (You’re right, though, you wouldn’t have loved it.)

    @CL: It took me a minute to figure out why you had bought a male washer and dryer. I had totally expected HE washer and SHE dryer when I started reading the sentence…

  4. Mom December 19, 2009 / 8:56 pm

    TBT — being on the fringe of this storm. Stayed in but only had snow mist. Surely different for here but OK for me.

    Cards, gifts, wrapping almost done. Picking up a couple of fresh items tomorrow & that’s it. 🙂

    And above all, my DC daughter & VA family are all safe & warm after being inudated with snow. Glad too that my PA family is also surviving.

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