Wednesday, March 13, 2019

March Slice of Life Challenge Day 13: Winter Gratitude

For the month of March, each day I am writing and posting a slice of my life, hosted by Two Writing Teachers

March Slice of Life Challenge Day 13: 
Winter Gratitude 

Most Saturday and Sunday mornings I desperately yearn to sleep in. Yet, as the owner of two dogs and two children, this rarely happens. Last Saturday morning, our border collie - Hondo - was barking at 5 am, our usual walking time. I rolled over, put a pillow over my head, hoping that he would cease his piercing bark. No luck.

I did not want to leave my warm bed. I did not want to bundle up and brave the icy early morning sidewalks. Five minutes passed. He did not stop barking. 

As a responsible dog owner, I got myself out of bed, put on his harness and dog sweater, and took him for a walk.

Yet as soon as we got outside, I was in awe. Immediately, before me was a watercolor worthy sunrise - gorgeous pinks, purple, and yellow hues.

Saturday morning sunrise

Later in the walk, as we passed one of our public transit shelters, I noticed the intricate frost patterns on the glass:

Frost captured my attention

Touched by winter beauty, I was grateful for Hondo's insistence for his early morning walk. Had I slept longer I would have missed the sunrise and maybe not noticed winter's beauty surrounding me. 

As soon as we returned from our walk, I penned this double haiku:

Early wake up barks, 
chilly walks, icy pavement - 
marvel at sunrise.

Frost adorns plain glass-
Bitter cold beckons beauty.
Winter morning grace.   


  1. Wow- way to find the silver lining (and writing topic) from an early start that at first seemed undesirable.

  2. Don't you love those small surprises, so unexpected. What a great way to start a day!

  3. I miss having a dog to walk. What an amazing sunrise! I love when a situation that makes me cranky can turn into one of gratitude, as this one did for you.

  4. Lovely slice. The contrasting g colors in your photos is stark and beautiful, your prose is also poetic.

  5. I really liked the pictures, it made the post really come alive. Funny how things like this can turn into tiny little blessings.

  6. Delightful post. I love your concluding words for each haiku.


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