Hunters in the Snow

Hunters in the Snow, Pieter Bruegel the Elder, 1565
Hunters in the Snow, Pieter Bruegel the Elder, 1565

Here are people who know how to live in winter. I ought to study it and take notes. I’d like to be outdoors more when the temperatures are not extremely cold. The kids and I went out this morning, and my three-year-old didn’t even last ten minutes. She said her socks were wet. (They weren’t.) So back inside I went. Later today, while I made supper, she went out with her older brother, just stomping around in the crusty snow, enjoying herself in the pre-dark of a winter day. When she came back in, I could feel the cold fresh air hanging around her like a cloak, brightening her face and mood. I wanted to put that on myself.

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