Ahhh…. now that is what I call comfort food. It’s warm steam rising from the top of the cup, as it lets out the decadent aroma of chocolaty bliss. The marshmallows are floating beside each other as they wait there turn to be married together with cocoa on my taste buds. The warm glow from the kerosene heater as it radiates heat and warmth. Soothing the cold air seeping in from the cracks in the screen door out front. The sound of Christmas music playing in the background. It’s wonderful sound lightens up the atmosphere in this empty house. All of these things combined together is creating such an emotional high that seems to mask any negative feelings I may have.
I look out the windows and notice that the leaves on the trees have completed their journey to the ground. The season has came and gone so quickly. It seems as if just yesterday I was outside with the kids playing in the yard. All of the yelling, screaming and giggling has been replaced by silence. I look out into that same yard. I can vision a little boy romping through water puddles after being told not to. I can hear the sound of tiny plastic wheels as they grind their way across the pavement accompanied by the sound of a little bell ringing. By looking at the ground and seeing the masses of leaves gathered there, I can see a short way into the future.
Winter time is knocking at our doorstep. The days will start to get shorter and the nights will become colder. Pretty soon we will be inside hibernating as we look out the windows watching the world go by. A time when we get out our biggest jackets and bundle up before we even think about taking that first step out the door. We will wait patiently for that “first snow” of the season. I can foresee it transpiring as it has in the past. In the late hours of the night. We will wake up in the morning and the ground will be covered in fluffy white brilliance. But there will be no desire what so ever to go out in it. Not even to make a snow angel. I think I will just set in the house and watch it from in here. I can tell this winter is going to be much colder than it has ever been before.
…..my eyes refocus on the computer screen. The cursor is blinking. I begin to type as I take another sip of my hot chocolate.