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Snowed Under

C.B. Gavant

It snowed last night and Yael and I are shoveling the walk. We’ve been at it since 9 a.m., and my fingers feel frozen even though I’m wearing gloves. I wiggle my toes inside my hot-pink boots to be sure they’re still there.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Yael digs up another shovelful. I wave to Ellie, watching us from the living room window.

“I wonder if Ellie’s bored.” Yael twirls in a circle, pointing her shovel at Abba’s footprints in the snow we haven’t shoveled yet. “Do you think she wants to come out, Tamar?”

“We could go get her.” I heave another shovelful over my shoulder, frustrated at Yael for stopping so often. “But her wheelchair will get stuck.”

Ellie’s wheelchair is the reason we have to shovel so carefully. Before the wheelchair, we only had to shovel a path that one person could walk through. Now we need a much wider path. 

 

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