Blogophilia

#Blogophilia45.4 Topic: “Angels in the Snow”

What is Blogophilia?  It’s a highly addictive blogging group where once a week, fellow writers submit topics, link their posts via Facebook or Myspace, and incorporate the weekly prompts into a blog post using whatever style or format they wish.  It’s a great way to clear out the mental cobwebs.

This is my fourth Blogophilia post!  🙂

Blogophilia45.4 Topic: Angels in the Snow

Bonus Points:

(Hard, 2pts): use a pick-up line

(Easy, 1pt): include “rules are meant to be broken”

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“Mommy!  Mommy!  Look!  Look!”  Stella bounced up and down, compressing snow underneath her boots.  Her orange snowsuit made her look like a tangerine.  “I made a snow girl!”

“Mom!  Mom!  Look at me!  I’m going to make a snow fort!”  Patrick waved his gloved hands in the air to get Lara’s attention.

“Yes!  Yes!  I love your snow girl.  Great idea.  We need a snow fort.”  Lara grinned at her children, thankful to have the week off from work.  She needed the vacation time to unwind at home.  The holidays were finally over with.  She hadn’t experienced very much quality time with her husband and kids since Thanksgiving.  Between work, shopping, decorating, and all the other meaningless nonsense that had been occupying her time, Lara knew her family was missing her almost as much as she was missing them.

Lara found an undisturbed area of snow and carefully laid on her back in the wet snow bank.  She felt a little foolish, but pushed her embarrassment aside as she moved her arms up and down, while at the same time, she moved her legs in and out.  It had been ages since Lara had made angels in the snow.  She instantly felt ten years younger.  The sky was a brilliant blue, with only an occasional cloud here and there.

“Kids!  Kids!” Lara giggled.  “Look at me!  Look at me!”  She knew Patrick was rolling his eyes but Stella squealed in delight.

“Watch me!  Watch me!  I can make one too!”  Stella flopped herself on the ground.  Lara laughed at her exuberance.  “See!  I can make one too!”

“You’re not even doing it right,” her brother shouted.  “I’ll show you how to make a real snow angel.”

Lara let out a sigh, wishing Patrick wasn’t so bossy with his younger sister.  They’d managed to build a snow boy, a snow girl, and a snow dog, with hardly a squabble.  She knew it was probably asking too much for her children to get along for an entire day.  They were all getting tired.  That’s when things usually got ugly between the siblings.

Lara attempted to get up out of the small snow crater created by her body’s impression, when she heard crunching footsteps coming up from behind her.

“Hey, good looking.  Is this a private party, or can anyone join?”

Lara smiled.  The kids had been so noisy; she hadn’t even heard the car pull up into the driveway.  “I don’t know.  What’s the secret password?”

“Password?  Hmm…hot chocolate?”

“Only if you’re making it,” Lara teased.  She took her husband’s hand when he offered it, launching Lara to her feet.

“Daddy!  Daddy!  Daddy!  I want hot chocolate too!”

“Me too, Dad!  Me too!”

“After dinner,” Lara said.  “You know the rules about treats.  Hot chocolate is a treat.”

“Awww!” the children whined in chorus.

“Oh, come on,” Wil said, wrapping his arms around his wife’s waist.  “Just this once?  Rules are meant to be broken.”

Lara didn’t want to be the rule maker all the time.  Sometimes she worried that she and her husband were too lenient with their children.  Wil was practically a big kid himself.  It wasn’t easy being the mom.  “Fine!  But everyone has to eat all of their vegetables at dinner.  I mean it, this time.”

“OK!”

“We will!”

Lara did her best to not grumble.  She didn’t necessarily believe her little manipulators.  Some days she didn’t know what her kids were living on.  They were such picky eaters, but Lara still held onto the belief that one day, she’d only have to make one version of dinner instead of two.  She hated feeding her kids carrot sticks, chicken nuggets, and fries while she and her husband enjoyed linguine with pesto sauce.

Wil nuzzled Lara’s neck affectionately and held her close.  “You know, I love you.”

“I love you too.”

Lara waited for Wil to release her, but he continued to hold onto her tightly.

“What’s wrong?” Lara said.

Wil was silent for longer than Lara was comfortable with.  Meanwhile, the children had discovered icicles hanging from their playhouse.  Mom and Dad were temporarily ignored.

“You’re home early,” Lara continued, hoping to elicit a response.

Wil let out a long breath.  “I was laid off from work.  My entire area was laid off.”

“You lost your job?”  Lara was glad that Wil was still holding onto her.  She felt unsteady on her feet as she tried to process the information she’d been given.  “What are we going to do?  Wait.  Honey, are you OK?  God!  How could they do this?  Right after Christmas?  How could they do this?  How long are you going to be laid off from work?”

“I don’t know.  It doesn’t look good, but we’re going to be fine.  You’ll see.  We’ve been through worse.  We can get through this.”

Lara rested her head on her husband’s shoulder as they stood outside in the cold.  They held onto each other as they both accepted Wil’s loss of income and what that would mean for their family.

“What are we going to do?”  Lara felt tears beginning to form, despite her attempts to remain strong.

“Well…I’ve been thinking.  This could be a lot worse.  Christmas is over, so we don’t have to worry about that.  You still have your job, so that gives us some money coming in.  We don’t have to pay for a sitter until I’m back to work.  We’ll figure something out.  We always do.”

“You’re right.  It could be worse.”

“Besides, we have each other.  That’s the important thing.  A job is just a job.  I can get another job.  You and the kids…you’re what makes it all worthwhile.”  Wil squeezed his wife as close to himself as he could with the two of them dressed in their winter gear.  “You wouldn’t believe how many of the guys went straight to the bar when they got the news.  All I could think about was coming home to you.  I love you, Lara.”

Lara kissed her husband, wishing she could fix their situation.  There wasn’t anything she could do to make things better.  She felt as though their world had spiraled completely out of control.  One minute, she’d been having a perfect day, and now she felt as though she was falling, down, down, down.

“So,” Wil continued, “that’s my news.  I don’t know about you, but I don’t even want to think about this anymore, at least not today.  There’s nothing I can do about this right now.  So…maybe we can give ourselves permission to enjoy the rest of the day together.  I’m never home this early and I want to make the best of it.  I’ll be the one to make dinner tonight and get the kids off to bed.  You enjoy that Jacuzzi tub of ours that never gets used, and tonight we make wild, crazy love to each other.  How does that sound?”

“But…”

“And tomorrow, I’ll get up early with the kids.  You can sleep in.  I’ll update my resume.  I’ll put on that blue suit of mine, and I’ll start looking for a new job.  Who knows?  Maybe I’ll even find something better than the one I had before.”

Lara gave her husband a grateful smile.  They were a strong couple.  They would get through this.  “I think I’ll wear my lacy red nighty tonight.”

“Hmm…the red one.  Not for long,” Wil answered with a saucy grin.  He kissed his wife again.  This time, Lara’s response was passionate enough to bring groans of disgust from their children.  Fifteen years of marriage, and their love for each other had only grown stronger despite the hurdles life had thrown at them along the way.

“OK,” Wil announced.  “Who’s ready for hot chocolate?”

Stella and Patrick shouted, “I am!  I am!”  They rushed to the house as fast as their buddled up bodies would allow.  Wil took Lara’s hand.  She squeezed Wil’s fingers affectionately and purposely put the bad news behind her as they headed towards the house, hand-in-hand together.

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20 thoughts on “#Blogophilia45.4 Topic: “Angels in the Snow””

  1. *sniffles* I agree with Marvin. Such a sweet story. I was completely immersed in it. I love how you incorporated the pick up line… didn’t seem so cheesy. I found it heartfelt. 🙂

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  2. No vampires? I heard all the distinctive voices and saw the blue sky and white snow. Aw such a sweet story….. you are a multifaceted talent We had about 2 feet the other day, nothing like last year and it’s melting.

    Why poor Jose? His English not the greatest but otherwise he’s fine.

    The kids are from my WIP untitled

    The stories start in the 50s. Six teens, seemingly very different, meet weekly and keep in touch with each other their entire lives. They must have something in common

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    1. I CAN write about things besides vampires…at least I hope I can! He! He! ROFL! I’ve got to challenge my noggin once in a while, just to see what’s rattling around up there. I think I can hear spare change…hmm. I admit, I do enjoy throwing in a non-vampire, non-humorous post, just to prove that it CAN be done…by me! 😉

      As for my “buddy” José, he seems genuinely worried about his future, no thanks to his writer, I’m sure! LOL 🙂 Oh the fun we have with our characters! I have one character that I recently discovered was British. We’ve been hanging out for YEARS and I didn’t have a clue until I was editing…and there he was! He has a British accent! It was in his dialog the entire time. I’m fairly sure he still isn’t speaking with me for being so “obtuse.” Yeah, he thinks he’s so smart… Gesh!

      “The kids” sound like an interesting story idea. I look forward to reading more about them and your posts!

      Have a GREAT day Sue!!!! 🙂

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  3. Yeah don’t know why I picked on Jose – it just came out that way I usually pick on Joey …. (I have to do a separate action to get the accent on Jose’s “e” too lazy now.

    Yeah I know what you mean. I write all sorts of different angles too. The muse just goes along his merry way and doesn’t tell me the plan Since I’ve taken writing classes and learned from friends (that includes YOU) I am not afraid to write anything. Well I can’t do mystery but I figure what the hell? What’s the worst that can happen. However, you my friend, write beautifully no matter what keys your fingers pluck

    English accent and you did not hear it??? I don’t blame the character for being cheesed off at you

    The problem with writing the kids is it takes place over 30 years they all do some fascinating stuff but the research will be a killer

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  4. A beautiful bond, an optimistic/upbeat outlook, snow and a red nighty. Sounds like a pretty good life despite the economic issues

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  5. what a smashing story Juli… and yes I am English … saves you from analysing my words..lol… but I did enjoy the stories opening and the twists along the way.. a very up to date snap shot of life for a lot of people I would think now days… your description was great and very easy on the eye … I loved the read very much…

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    1. My great-aunt was from England, so I probably wouldn’t have analysed your words as closely as some. 🙂 She came to the States looking for “John Wayne,” and ended up with my uncle instead. LOL I’m glad you enjoyed the read. These Blogophilia posts are so much fun to write. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

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  6. Yup! a job can come and go, but your loved ones ar much more important! Very upbeat and so very realistic in this day and age with the economy the way it is. I hope families stick together and don’t give up hope!

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  7. Great story! The bit where the other guys went to the bar and he couldn’t wait to come home to her made me go ‘awwwww” inside 🙂 It’s sweet to see examples of good marriages in stories once in awhile! It’s so often the other way around because the drama and conflict of a bad relationship is easier to write.

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    1. I’m glad it gave you an “awwww moment!” That’s what I was going for. 🙂
      I’m in a loving relationship and I have a wonderful hubby, so that’s what I enjoy reading about. If I ever dabbled in writing romances, I think I’d want to write about the day to day stuff and keep the relationships strong. Life will throw drama at you regardless. I like to hear about couples that handle their problems together. 🙂 I did this with my faierie story that I was working on for NaNo. I felt that I HAD to give the characters solid relationships, because there’s SOOO much other drama going on. 😉
      I want to keep writing these Blogophilia posts. I enjoy exercising my brain, but I’m also VERY motivated to finish my vampire story. I’ve got LOTS going on right now. He! He! I’m not going to touch my NaNo story again until the first vampire story is finished and published. I have most of the second story written and parts of the others as well so it should be fun watching Chloe grow up in the messed up world I’ve created for her. Poor Chloe! LOL

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    1. The “Coraline Theme” gives you that option. You can pick the color it lights up with too. I chose this theme because it’s flexible. You can chose how many columns you want, the background color, etc. The font is a little bigger on “Coraline” as well.

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  8. You write with such clarity and vivid descriptions! I want hot chocolate too! With marshmallows swirling on it please !!!:D

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