By Joanne Kosey
Everybody talks about the weather, but no one does anything about it, because there is nothing you can do about it – and, right now, brrrrrrr!
Sitting here at the computer, I am thankful that I don't have to go out and that we prepared the other day for the upcoming hit of winter in Chicago by going to the store and getting a few staples -- soup fixings, ingredients for a few meals and toilet paper (you know that is important!).
Listening to the weather report each morning, I watch the poor weather person standing in the cold, all bundled up, wondering what they did to get that plum assignment outdoors. I guess they are the rookies.
Thinking back to my childhood and my children's childhood, I remember snow suits, those warm outfits where you kind of bagged the kid where they couldn't move (think "A Christmas Story").
We always purchased them at Li'l Deb-N-Heir, a children's clothing/furnishings store the used to be on Cermak Road in Berwyn. I think the brand was Weather Winky and it had a snowman zipper pull.
Getting the old galoshes or boots on was a chore. You'd put plastic bags over your shoes so the boots would go on easier, Gloves, where are they? You could find one; the other probably was with the missing socks, which one day will probably unite and take over the world.
Someone finally invented clips for the gloves, which you'd fasten to the wrist part of the snowsuit, unless someone you knew knitted a piece of yarn with a mitten on each end, which strung through the sleeves of the jacket. I could probably use that now.
I'm content now to stay in and watch the birds at the feeders. There are so many cardinals in the yard we refer to it as the Vatican, though I don't have the slightest inclination to make a snow angel (Husband Joe's suggestion).
The heavy jacket, boots, gloves and scarves are handy just in case the spirit moves you to venture into the elements, but for now go ahead and put the kettle on for some tea (or maybe imbibe something else that is a good warmer for the system,) get comfortable with a "blankie" over your lap, read a book, watch TV, write some letters or just think that in a few months we will be complaining about how hot it is.
Remember, soon football, basketball and hockey seasons will be over and spring training is not far away. Now that should warm you up!