12 boots lined up by the fire
and in the dryer…
4 pairs of snowpants
6 soggy winter coats
wooden floors, littered with towels, dotted with clumps of snow…melting.
Through frosted windowpanes all I can see is snow. Cold. But our home feels warm. Snug.
Reddened ankles and
melted snowflakes still glistening in their hair…on their eyelashes
8 little hands cupping warm mugs
my heart is bursting.