It seemed as if everything
had gone back to normal
within the last few weeks.
A time when one week was named November
and the next December.
Sarah sat with hunched shoulders
at the table when Derek walked in.
was a glance over her shoulder.
There were a few quiet moments of
coffee cups clinking and
the bubbling hiss of the
Sarah tightened her grip
on her own coffee,
trying to rid the cold that seemed to
seep through their back door.
Derek’s presence paused
in the kitchen behind Sarah.
“Hm. It snowed last night,”
Derek observed, gazing out the window.
It immediately peaked Sarah’s
interest, and she forgot all about
the cold that wanted to give her
back a massage.
She pulled the back door open
with a firm pull against the sticking door.
Then she held her hot coffee between
her fingers and against her chest
like it would protect her from the chill.
Both siblings stood in the comfortable silence
as they watched it start to flurry again.
It was a Saturday,
so they were already hearing the excited
squeals of little children
up and down the street.
Sarah turned with a light in her eyes
and Derek turned to meet her gaze after feeling
the weight of her stare.
He couldn’t help but relax his
always firm morning scowl.
“We should build snowmen.”
There was a competitive look
in Sarah’s smile.
Derek sat his cup down
next to the sink.
With that Sarah messily put her mug
on the counter and ran to get dressed
for the snow.
She didn’t hear it
but she had made Derek laugh
for the first time in months.
Derek stood there at the kitchen sink,
and it was like someone had hit him in the chest.
His heart started to beat a steady rhythm,
and his shoulders loosened their grip on his upper spin.
There was a realization that coated his heart
with a new kind of warmth.
Both Sarah and he had gotten through it all.
And he finally
that they could do it again
until the pain faded.
Because everyone knows pain never goes away
But it does heal.
And that’s what both siblings were doing.
With that realization in his mind and heart
Derek turned to go beat his little sister in a snowman competition.
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