This month’s RAOKA (Random Acts of Kick Arse) topic is warmth. Each month a new theme is explored. To get involved, please visit Zeenat Merchant-Syal at Positive Provocations.
I’m not going to lie to you…this winter has felt like it’s been around for years, not months. In Chicago, we’ve had a blizzard and too many cold, cloudy days to count. Other parts of the United States have also seen record amounts of snowfall this winter. Sure, I’ve got heat at home, but I can still feel a cold draft through my windows and I usually wake to floor tiles that feel cold. I need summer and the feeling of sunlight warming my face – but it’s still months away. So I’ll settle for a palm tree state of mind.
As someone who has lived in the mid-west my entire life, I’ve always associated palm trees with warm weather and paradise. I can still remember my first trip to Florida when I was in my late teens. The first sight of a palm tree filled me with a sense of wonder and awe. As I think about these majestic palm trees and imagine the sound of crashing waves along the beach, I feel a little warmer.
In these dog days of winter, I’m grateful for so many things that offer me warmth and a palm tree frame of mind…my heavy comforter, flannel sheets, Jimmy Buffet music, hot coffee, hot tea, soup, Cholula hot sauce on my eggs and in my tomato soup, a cardio workout, a hot shower, my favorite hat, flannel shirts. You get the idea.
How about you…if you live near palm trees, I’d be curious to hear about your take on them. Do they feel like paradise to you or just another type of tree? And if you don’t live near palm trees, what’s your favorite way to stay warm?
Creative Commons photo courtesy of robertpaulyoung.