Lucky Storm


It is the calm before the storm here in St. Louis today.  My husband checked with our ‘Forecaster’ son to see how bad it would be and what to expect.  “Not good,” our son said, adding the words, “freezing rain” to “ice and snow.”

Off shopping we went for a few bags of ice to melt our walkways and such.  Fathers emptied carts filled to the brim with gallons of milk, loaves of bread, and six-packs of “SpaghettiOs.”  They hoped to keep their healthy children fed for the next few days or so.  Frazzled mothers walked closely behind, holding preschooler’s chubby fists who grabbed candy and gum to the right of the check-out.  A spoonful of sugar in Crayola color.

No one smiled or said, “Hello.”  Some were rude, others were not in a good mood.  Preparing for an ice storm on the first Saturday in March was the last thing people wanted to do.  In like a lion, out like a lamb….

Still, the couples reminded me of how lucky they were with their whiny children in tow.  Although inconvenienced a bit, their children appeared pudgy and pink.  Perfect pictures of health, I would think.  You see it was twenty-two years ago today that my ‘Forecaster’ son was diagnosed with insulin dependent diabetes.

On that Saturday morning, I woke up just like the wanderers in the store pushing carts on the floor.  Ironically, it wasn’t the first day of March.  Instead, it was February 29th.  Leap Year.   Like any mother, that dawn of my life is part of me, like an eyelash when I blink.

Oh, to have been lucky enough to be shopping in a store with my sons on that day!  To have hunkered down by the fireplace sipping hot chocolate in shaded paper cups waiting for an ice storm to safely tuck us in.  To have been reading story books by the firelight that night instead of praying by the side of a hospital bed for God to save my little son.

I have been blessed throughout my years on many days, in many ways.  An ice storm means nothing in the grand scheme of Saturdays.  Play a game, turn off the phone, and kiss your sweet child in the softness of candlelight.  Anyone who has good health has everything.  Thank God, and stay inside while you enjoy the storm in the quiet of this gift we call tonight.

26 thoughts on “Lucky Storm

  1. So much of our attitude towards life is based on perspective. I don’t know your whole story, Kim. But, I rejoice with you that you’ve had 22 years with your son, even with his diabetes. I’m grateful for the positive, encouraging presence you have been on our PenAndPaperWorld writer’s group! Thanks, friend! 🙂 And, be safe through the storm.

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    • Thank you for your kind words, Peggy. How I appreciate everything you have said. You have been such an inspiration to me in Pen and Paper World. Such a talent you are with a warm heart inside. Blessings to you.

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  2. Beautifully written! I hope the storm and cold passes quickly. We are a few hours away from St Louis, so you are in good company for weathering this chilly weather. Enjoy the bonus time with your family 🙂

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  3. What a great post! It really touched my heart. I’m drawn to it. I’ve read it three times. A great reminder that we should not take things for granted and to always be grateful for what we have. Following you is a blessing. This post of yours is such an encouragement. Thank you so much for sharing. Praying for your safety.

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    • Your kind words mean much to me, Anna. Thank you for “following” my blog, for your valuable time, for your comments and your support. I would not be here if it were not for readers like yourself, as well as others who mean so much to me.

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  4. this was an amazing post – I like you went deep – but you kept it short – and not sure how you stirred up ally hat emotion without leaving us a mess – ha! but thanks for the perspective focus — and the “gazebo in snow” picture seemed to go so well with the feel of the words.

    two favorite parts…
    “I have been blessed throughout my years on many days, in many ways.”

    and “…kiss your sweet child in the softness of candlelight. Anyone who has good health has everything.”

    Have a nice day and hope you all are staying warmmmmm – 🙂

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    • It does not seem quite enough to say a simple, “Thank You,” to one who has taken so much time in commenting. Please know that I appreciate your thoughtfulness in being here; reading words that will always be a part of me. Blessings to you.

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      • Thanks for your reply too – and I just noted that the auto correction changed some of my text (I need to be careful with some of this fast typing – lol) but thankfully you understood me (ha ha)

        “ally hat emotion”
        was supposed to be
        all that emotion….

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