December Morning

Deer bracing for another blizzard

Deer bracing for another blizzard (Photo credit: Garen M.)

It’s so cold you can feel the fabric of your pants stiffen around your legs when you tip-toe-slide on the ice from the front door to your car. It sits there shivering and panting steamy like an exhausted asthmatic who’s just finished a 400-meter dash on this below-zero morning.

You grunt your manly huff, grasp the door handle and break the grip of new ice that wants to lock you out of both your house and your ride, while your keys sway and sweat condensation in the ignition. With two cracks–of door and spine–you stiffly fold into the seat, trying not to sigh a blindfold spot onto the windshield at the thought of struggling through another upstate winter, braving the cold drive from one warm place to another for three months.

At the end of the road, while you wait to turn onto the slick roadway, you notice how different the roots look across the way in the sun-dappled sugar bush down by the stream. That’s when you notice three of the maples’ bases turn and stare at you, stand on spindly legs to bound across the road from their snow beds, and wave white mittens on their way deeper into the long, frozen shadows, where everywhere is cold to cold with freezing in-between.

For a second you feel a rush of heat upon your cheeks, a shiver up and down your spine. You adjust the defroster and lose your train of thought as a fourth deer joins her comrades in a different kind of morning commute. With a shrug, you hear the radio voice warn of six more inches tomorrow and figure it could always be worse.

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3 thoughts on “December Morning

  1. I love how the focus of this changes from the cold to the gifts and beauty of the surroundings. Something all of us who choose to live in the northeast need to remind ourselves of while in the throes of winter!! Beautiful moment captured, Joe.

  2. Heading back to the thick of it tomorrow after a first time respite from it during the holidays. Looking forward to the gifts this season offers. Not the least of which is the wildlife with whom I share the cold months. Other than that, it’s boots, gloves and other efficient layers that help to mask the frigid temps of the Northeast for me!

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