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336 :: Reluctant Dog and Boy | by zanekathryne
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336 :: Reluctant Dog and Boy

Sunshine is a gift.

 

Even with a sore back, I want to be outside today, moving around, face illuminated by the light, blinded by sparkle and white, taking compost to the chickens, pulling a sled, gathering frozen kale from a garden covered in snow.

 

Wallace isn't so sure.

He drags behind, thick in his suit, collapsing onto the ground, pulling off his mittens.

Protesting.

 

I make my way down to the chicken coop.

Theo waits, curious about compost but leery of the electric fence, making dog-breath steam in the bright, icy air.

Watching me.

 

At bedtime, snuggled under the covers, Wallace wonders about fireflies.

"Do you remember how they light up, blinking, all over our front field?" I ask him.

"In the summer?

When it is warm and humid in the tall grass?"

 

But it's hard to remember

in December.

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Taken on December 2, 2019