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My Car Is Cold

Frosted grass crunched beneath my feet as I rounded the corner at the front of the house and saw my little red Honda had been dusted overnight, its windows frosted icy white. If my car could speak it would surely say, "I am cold!"

But of course, so am I on this frosty first trip out to walk the dog this morning, with the outdoor temperature at 24 degrees. (Yes, I checked the report before we headed out.) I think my dog Valentino felt the chill too, as he took care of business rather quickly and had no objection to heading right back home and not take his usual long morning stroll in the neighborhood. Once back inside the house, he jumped up on my bed and dug himself into the warm bedding for a cozy morning nap.

I poured myself my first mug of hot coffee, brewed while we walked, and settled in to writing for a bit. My mind kept telling me I should get ready for church but a little voice in my head also said, "You've been sick this week. Maybe you should stay home again today."

The spirit feels the need for the comfort of my spiritual community while the body calls for me to hole up inside my warm home. My Honda might appreciate the warmth of its engine running for a bit to defrost its windows. Or, maybe the would prefer to thaw out slowly with the bit of sunshine now peeking through the icy glaze.

I have a bit of time to decide whether to brave the air outside or stay at home. In the meantime, I will sit here at my desk for a spell with the rays of the sun shining through the window, cutting through the cold, warming me inside out.

Image Credit » Photo is of my cold car and is copyright Ruth Cox

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DWDavisRSL wrote on December 6, 2015, 11:28 AM

One of the benefits of having finally cleaned out our garage this fall is that my car now gets to reside indoors and out of the weather so I should not have to worry about defrosting this winter.

grandma20121 wrote on December 6, 2015, 11:37 AM

i would rather stay inside myself when its too cold out but whatever you decide to do i hope you start feeling better soon and enjoy your day

RuthCox wrote on December 6, 2015, 11:41 AM

Good for you and for your car too that garage has been cleaned and the car will be parked out of the cold weather this winter.

RuthCox wrote on December 6, 2015, 12:26 PM

I'm with you in staying inside and chose to do so this morning. I missed church, again, but felt it better not to go today. I'm warm as toast here at home. I am feeling much better today than I have this past week and did not want to shock my system into a relapse.

wolfgirl569 wrote on December 6, 2015, 5:03 PM

My poor car was frosted also before it got very dark out last night.

MegL wrote on December 6, 2015, 7:13 PM

Love that writing. A jug of hot water is usually what my car got when it was frosty (don't have one any more).

RuthCox wrote on December 6, 2015, 8:32 PM

It is a sad sight to see our cars glazed in frost! I guess I shouldn't complain, as it could be much worse.

RuthCox wrote on December 6, 2015, 8:38 PM

Thank you, MegL Glad you enjoyed! I would be afraid to pour water on the windows for fear they would crack, oh my! I just turn on the defroster and wait a bit.

AliCanary wrote on December 7, 2015, 3:20 PM

I love how this is written--I can really sense the crunchy frosted grass and the hot coffee. You are a very talented, evocative writer!

RuthCox wrote on December 7, 2015, 3:53 PM

@AliCanary I appreciate your comment more than you know and am delighted to know you enjoyed my frosty prose. I so enjoy writing poetry and prose and need to do more of it, I suppose.

Last Edited: December 7, 2015, 3:53 PM

cheri wrote on December 8, 2015, 11:19 PM

Just enjoy that little sun over there

LeaPea2417 wrote on December 10, 2015, 10:33 PM

Did you decide to brave the cold and go or did you stay home for the day?

Paulie wrote on December 11, 2015, 2:05 AM

It is unfortunate that you do not have a garage for your car. Before I finally bought a house with a garage, I hated scraping windows and defrosting cars on frigid winter mornings.

bestwriter wrote on January 21, 2016, 11:28 PM

Sometimes it is good what your indulging heart tells you to do. So what did you finally choose?