Thursday, January 17, 2008

A Quieting Snow

I didn't realize it until it started to fall today, but I needed it to snow. I've spent several weeks unable to synthesize or verbalize my chaotic emotions and the quiet that accompanied the enormous white flakes dampened the noise in my head and went some distance in taming my thoughts.

The white stuff also provided an early exit from school for the girls and the first real opportunity for Henry to get outside to play in it. We shoveled, we threw snowballs, made snow angels and built a snowman. The experience wouldn't be complete until we ate some snow and caught flakes on our tongues. He lasted longer than I thought he would, but eventually got too cold and requested to go inside. We finished off our winter day with hot chocolate as the girls came in and the wet clothes finished in the drier.

We spent the remainder of the afternoon and evening, just hanging out with little agenda, something that I've had a difficult time relaxing enough to do. All and all, it was the best day Henry and I have had together in a while.

Tomorrow Tara is off work and will take Henry to clinic. I expect to be home with the girls as I imagine school will be canceled. Today and tomorrow, according to our past months, would be the time when Henry contracts a fever and we head to the hospital. We're currently holding our breath, still hoping that we'll skate through this cycle without an additional stay.

There's an outside hope that his counts will be rebounding, but I think that will have to wait until early next week. Until then, we'll settle for a few more normal days and time to sort out some emotions in the quiet times.


granya and DeeDad said...

Great picture - looks like fun was had by all.

I'm so glad for this day Bryan. Thanks for sharing your innermost emotions, frustrations, joys and fears.

We love you all,

rlbates said...

Glad you had a good day! Any more arrythmias? I hope you (and all the girls) are well.

Anonymous said...

I'm so glad that you got to go outside and play in the snow. I love the snowman. Thanks for the picture. I printed out and it's hanging in the billing office.

I hope your trip to the clinic today is uneventful and that you have a great weekend.

Enjoy the snow Henry.


Anonymous said...

Great snowman Henry (and Sophie too)! Glad you were able to enjoy the snow. Hope everything went well today and that you continue to escape a fever this go round! Enjoy your 4 day weekend with your sisters!

Julie, Brad, Patrick, Andrew & Samantha

Anonymous said...

Great picture. Thanx for sharing.

hillbilly_fairy said...

sure was nice to see you two last night.

Anonymous said...

Cody is jealous of all your snow. Wants to come play in it!
Glad you had fun and hope all is going well after your visit to the clinic!
Cousin Susan H. and Cody