Yesterday, I heard today’s weather with great anticipation. Since the cold snap a month or so ago, I’ve felt cooped up and penned in; neither cooping nor penning suits me. Thus, when the meteorologists promised I could lace up the Adidases and walk to work, though not in so many words, I considered writing them love letters. Then I thought, ‘No, they’re the Doppler-assisted tools of the Man! Get up, stand up! And take a leopard print umbrella.’
I got no further than thirty feet from my front door, flush with victory over mid-winter sloth, when I realized the sidewalks were frozen over in transparent, invisible sheets and if I didn’t confine myself to visibly salted sidewalks or blacktop, I was skipping work and going directly to the Emergency Room. That was exciting. A few times, I nearly landed on my head, which would ordinarily be merely hilarious but yesterday, I put in a full day at the salon and bandages would interfere with my mission to beautify America one room at a time.
Anyway: hairstyle intact, I made it to work without lascerations and I can’t wait to walk home. Tomorrow, umbrella in hand, I can prowl the quads and sidewalks to take pictures of black snow and torpid tree limbs. They’ll perk up soon. I feel better already.