Thoughts on a Bitter Cold Winter Day

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What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.” John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley: In Search of America

By: Gabriela Yareliz

What we learned today:

It’s freezing outside.

My mailman is my friend now– he knows who I am and which packages are mine. This is status in a medium-sized building. (I told him to stay warm because that is what friends do. They care. We are like this *holds two fingers up together*).

I weirdly miss the cartoons on the school milk cartons. Where did the cartoons go?

Just because you call a bunch of times doesn’t mean they will actually pick up.

It is totally possible to be *deeply* annoyed with someone else banging on a door that is not yours.

I have decided to try to adopt a plush at a local business that is precariously abandoned on a shelf in the window (more on this later, if I am successful and they are willing to sell it into my custody).

We are never done cleaning. How does all this dust gather?

And this from Jeff Buckley: “The most audacious thing I could possibly state in this day and age is that life is worth living. It’s worth being bashed against. It’s worth getting scarred by. It’s worth pouring yourself over every one of its hot coals.”

Stay warm, friends. Never stop learning. The mystique of life is intense.

Published by Gabriela Yareliz

Gabriela is a writer, editor and attorney. She loves the art of storytelling, and she is based in NYC.

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