I was fortunate to purchase a very warm, name brand coat from an expensive store eons ago. When the weather seemed to turn wintry last week, I donned this comfy, warm coat, which would have kept me warm even if a trip to the Arctic was in my future. Pulling on my gloves, I made my way to the car to head to work.
Providing reassurance for the winter ahead, the car boldly turned right over, no fluttering or stalling in the cold. However, even when the temperature gauge showed it was hot enough for heat, no heat flowed to warm my feet. What a horrible time for the heater to break! In addition to frozen toes, my fingers had also frozen and a pain set in that rivaled none other. Where did I buy those gloves, at the Dollar Store? They obviously were broken because my hands weren’t warmed at all.
Cursing my bad luck, it took me a few minutes to come to my senses. The bold thermometer that hung on our maple tree signaled that the temperature outside was 12 degrees! With the heater blowing its best train imitation: “I think I can…I think I can”, the car was suitably livable within 10 minutes and my hands had begun to unfreeze. In this kind of weather, I need to buy gloves that would also keep me warm in the Arctic in the future.
To read more about Linda’s cold and warm adventures, read her book The Apple Tree: Raising 5 Kids with Disabilities and Remaining Sane, available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.