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2:4 & 5 Chiberia


Josie and the Snow by Helen E. Buckley, illustrated by Evaline Ness (1964).

Josie and the Snow by Helen E. Buckley, illustrated by Evaline Ness (1964).

A quickie on the eve of my town’s foretold freeze ( an anticipated – 43° F windchill for ye non-midwestern readers… all but the two of you who occasionally check in from Antarctica are gasping right now. Yeah. I see you.). For all of my colorful, magpie qualities; I cannot help but love the opaline whiteout of a Chicago winter.

Because a city swaddled in snow positively hums electric. There’s a hushed aliveness you feel as you skid through grounded, waist-high weather; knowing that down the abandoned streets, buried under loaded silence; people gather: making carrot soup, playing cards; scattered around living rooms in flannel pajama bottoms, and in kitchens, clutching hot coffee rations. Whole worlds unseen.

I rode two trains home today (and two trains back), fumbled past rows and rows of stately Victorian homes frosted like wedding cakes, to have lunch with my family. Topics of discussion: civilized Frenchmen drinking coffee and Pastis with their morning papers, the logistics of fashioning a sock bun, the (alleged) fact that there exists an equal amount of human to ant weight on this planet, i:e, for every 120 pounds of human, an equal 120 pounds of ants bustles underground. We talked about a man who pours molten lava down ant hills to reveal the intricacies and surprising enormity of their hidden worlds — seems terribly invasive, exposing that universe. But I’m not distracted by this purported cruelty for long because there is wine with lunch. There should always be wine with lunch. My aunt has prepared roasted turkey and red pepper pesto (which I’m encouraged to eat because it contains only a little cheese) for sandwiches; my beautiful family is gathered around our dining room table, and there is so much love in our microcosm; our world unseen.

And as I wander this tundra; lips chapped, eyes clear; all I feel is warmth.


(That was today, 2:5. On 2:4, I  bought a used leopard print J. Crew sweater and all I managed to write all day was my signature on a purchase receipt. I have one more day off allotted for the week… and also this really great sweater.)

Author: twitchysister

Hey you! is largely devoted to musings on what balance means to an urbane, artsy-fartsy twenty-something. It’s tough out here for us post-grad women: if you’re not homeless, you’re doing something right. But do you, too, worry that you spend too much time furrowing your brows over your future when you should be unwrapping and relishing your present? Do you, like me, sometimes feel like everyone expects you to be the type of person who spends the majority of her entry-level “arts” paycheck on fifteen dollar old-timey cocktails, four a.m. cab rides home and everything sequined on the Urban Outfitters sale rack when, perhaps, you are really the type of person who would rather drink cucumber mint kale juice while wearing yoga pants and Googling reiki techniques? Is it possible that such a person is one and the same, and she is fabulous in her own, very confused right? Sister girl, I hear you. I know you. I accept you. I also know in my happy gut, full heart and coffee-addled brain that you and I are gorgeous glow worms, just as we are! We are sparkle ponies of light and love and we are still in the process of teasing out our true, authentic selves with all of this… living. So if you don’t have it figured out, if you acknowledge that you never will and that is tremendously exciting, if you want to connect with other smart chicks and tap into that charming inner-self of yours, then come back real soon, ya hear? We’re family now!

7 thoughts on “2:4 & 5 Chiberia

  1. Um, this is indescribably beautiful. You are a gifted soul, and all I want is to know you in real life (IRL!). Also, your family sounds like the Kennedys, with all your varied, intellectual talk :) -43?!?! Stay warm, Rose!!!!

    • awwww molly! if you ever head to the midwest, or next time i’m dc bound, we’ll make coffee happen. for sure.

      and if the kennedys were all female and prone to outbursts of “what does the fox say”… then totally.

  2. Hahahaha. I’d love that, but don’t make your final destination DC: make it Boston! ;)

  3. i wrote a long comment to this and now it is gone and this is not cool to me. that is all.

  4. RE sock buns: I just bought a bun maker (the donut style) off Amazon and I LOVE it. Best buns of my life now.

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