Brrrr….and brrr again. It is so cold here in Calgary these days. Canadian winters are usually cold – what would one expect, living smack dab in the middle of the Canadian Rockies! Every corner of my backyard is covered in deep snow. Most years, when January hits us, we’ve had several “chinooks” to clear the snow and bring a lovely warming reprieve. But not so much this year. Snow has come and snow has remained – just a little unusual and just a wee bit chilly.
Calgarians are hearty folk; we dress warmly and still venture outside in the cold winter months to skate, ski, snowboard or just walk. Pushing a baby in a stroller is a bit of a stretch – given that the sidewalks are rarely clear of snow. Beautiful baby Harlow recently asked me (just with her eyes that is!) to take a walk outside in the exhilarating, freezing cold. So, we bundled up – her more than me – put on her cockeyed hat and nestled her in her stroller with her very warm and snuggly, cozy flannel quilt. We walked for awhile in silence, both loving every minute of it.
Harlow made me wonder, what do you see in the eyes of a baby? I believe it is sweet simplicity – innocence, purity and unwavering clarity. A baby’s gaze can go straight to your soul – it’s like that song, it’s amazing how you can speak right to my heart”. Hot chocolate (with marshmallows) for the soul.