Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Write or Die Wednesdays: Cold Hands, Warm Heart



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Last week, the posts ranged from short stories to poems to discussions about secrets, love, Valentine's Day, and feeling "stuck." I hope you'll take a few minutes to check out the posts here. We really love seeing the creativity of our "linker-uppers." :)

This Wednesday's prompt is the word: SNOWFALL. Happy Writing!


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The word snowfall brings to mind a memory from my childhood. I don't even remember how old I was - maybe 6 years old. It had snowed the day before, about 5 or 6 inches, something like that. I went with my mom to her friend's house for a visit.

When we got there, her friend's three kids were getting ready to go play outside in the snow. They were all bundled up in their snow boots and gloves and big jackets. I really wanted to go, too, but my mom wouldn't let me and told me to stay inside.

I'm sure you can imagine how I felt having to sit there and listen to my mom and her friend talk. It was excruciating. I kept going over to the window and watching the kids play and wanted to join in so desperately. They were running around and throwing snowballs and shrieking with glee.

Her friend's son saw me looking out of the window and gestured for me to go outside and join them. I was a timid child who tried very hard to stay on my mother's good side. There were never any good outcomes when I went against what my mother told me to do. So I hesitated - torn between having fun and worrying about getting in trouble. But clearly my desire to have fun with the other kids outweighed any future consequences in my mind because I put on my coat and quietly crept out the back door. I didn't have a hat or gloves with me, but I didn't think about any of that.

The kids had built a little snow fort in the bushes by their house. We kept crawling under there and playing and calling it our igloo. It was so much fun! After we got tired of the fort, we laid down in the snow and made snow angels. By this time, my fingers were getting numb. But I didn't want to go back inside and face the wrath of my mom, so I stayed outside to enjoy it as much as I could.

Eventually, I started shivering and couldn't stop. My face felt numb. My fingers were like blocks of ice and I could barely move my hands. I finally couldn't stand it anymore and went back inside and howled for my mom. I can't describe it as anything other than a howl. My mom came running with this look of pure terror on her face. She wrapped me in a blanket and brought me a bowl of hot water for my hands.

Once I began to thaw out, and we both had calmed down, she asked me why I went outside when she had specifically told me not to. And I didn't know what to say except the truth: "I just wanted to play, Mommy. Everybody else was playing and having fun and I wanted to do it, too." She just looked at me for a moment. I held my breath for the angry tirade that I knew would follow.

Without a word, she hugged me close. She squeezed really tight, but it wasn't uncomfortable. It was actually the best feeling ever.

Now, I know it might be weird to you, but that is a really happy memory for me. Just being snuggled by my mom, without her yelling at me like she normally did.

And now every time it snows, I think back to that day. With a phantom ache in my fingers and also my heart.


   

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14 comments:

  1. I love this so much!!!! :)

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  2. I can feel the cold in your fingers as I read this!! :-)

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  3. =) Thanks for sharing your story. I loved it!

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  4. Wow Mia...such a heartwarming memory. Beautiful share.

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  5. This is such a beautiful story, Mia. I'm always fascinated by mother/daughter dynamics, therefore I love hearing stories of such.

    I love how you allowed us to feel the innocence of wanting so badly to play outside in the snow. I mean, is there anything more luring to a child than snowball fights and layers of snow to jump in?

    I also love your mom's reaction, which proves that for (most) mothers, the love for our children, thus the fear of injury or losing them trumps any anger we may feel when they disobey us.

    ((warm hugs))

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  6. Such a lovely memory Mia, I felt happy reading this post! XX

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  7. It was the weirdest feeling - they were so cold that they felt like they were burning! :)

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  8. Oh yesss, snow tunnels are the best!! I'm sad that we haven't really had a big snow for the boys to play in and do stuff like that. :(

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  9. Thanks, lovely! It's a very vivid memory that comes to mind when it snows. We don't have the best relationship, but I remember that day so clearly and it makes me happy to think about it.

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  10. Great memory to have, Mia! And love how much the link up has grown!! So happy to see that!

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