It’s nothing new. Most of us are quite accustomed to it, in fact. Cold Wisconsin winter is no longer a possibility. It’s knocking at our proverbial back door.
I realized it tonight while I was outside in the 40-something evening air. It took my little doggie breath away. In the spring, people would be flinging aside their winter jackets for shorts and flip flops in this weather. Today on the other hand had people layering up with jackets and scarves. Ah, the magic of perspective.
We’ve gotten a bit spoiled with above-average highs in my part of the world, so I think it’s taking some people by surprise. It definitely woke me up enough so that my doggie thoughts started racing with concern. My little person is going to be born in the midst of the coldest time of year around here. January. And that crib contraption will not allow me any amount of nighttime snuggling. Then how on Earth will I keep this precious little person warm?
That’s when I discovered it. Baby Alexis’ mom Jessica’s gift to my little person. It’s like a tiny cloud. A baby blankie. With a little picture of me on it! Well, not actually a picture of me, but the resemblance is uncanny. I was overcome with relief that even if I can’t keep the baby warm, a little piece of my heart can through that blankie. It wasn’t all that long ago I was gifted my birthday blankie, which I hold dear to my heart as a symbol of connection between my past and present. Well, in this blankie I see my future. And it looks warm.
“Instead of fretting about getting everything done, why not simply accept that being alive means having things to do?” challenges American sociologist Martha Beck. “Then drop into full engagement with whatever you’re doing, and let the worry go.”
It’s nothing new to us Wisconsinites. Winter is coming, and with it comes chilly nights. We should be used to it by now. I guess the real problem is the recurring worry I have about the care and protection of the baby. But life has taught me the importance of living in the moment, and that philosophy doesn’t leave much room for concern. Especially when there is cuddling involved.
My Bittersweet Birthday Blankie – http://wileyschmidt.com/2013/05/21/my-bittersweet-birthday-blankie/
Wiley you and your blankie will keep your little person very, very warm! Woooooowoooooooo!
Thanks Ku! High paw!
Keep warm and God bless you all
Thank you for the blessings!!!
Um, Wyles, wait until you find out about down comforters…. just say’n. 😉
Oh my!!! That sounds nice….I hear they are cloudlike. All the better for snuggling!!!
Wiley, that is DEFINITELY you on that blanket! Your likeness and your spirit will warm your home and your baby all winter long….. I’m sure of it.
Love and licks,
Thanks dear friend. You always know just what to say. 😉
I’m sure it will keeps your new family member war. And with your picture on it the litle person is always protected :o)
I hope you’re right dear brother!
Oh, the cutest!!!! I know, we got everything doggie related that we could find…LOVE all doggie themes blankies, and now they are so very soft…you can never have enough of those and they are perfect to cover your legs while you are watching tv!!!! Can’t believe the blankie dog looks just like you…SWEET!!!!
What better way to make sure my little person knows that doggies are to be loved than to be surrounded with my love and reminders. 🙂
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Instead of fretting, let it go.
Very nice. And in years go come, he will always have a reminder of you, his first best friend.