Thursday, January 14, 2010

Black and white

I'm surrounded by white mostly with just a few hints of black for contrast. But with all of the shades of the rainbow missing in between, these one note tones tend to dull my senses after awhile. I'm awash in white and bland and blah. My creative life force simmers below the surface, rarely coming up for air.

But then the boys come home from school. They are all rosy-cheeked and filled with the promise of 22 degrees above the doughnut. Its our one day off from going to the ice arena for hockey. And what do they choose to do? Why go to the outdoor rink of course.

I was reluctant at first.  I'd rather hibernate.  But they insisted, and I know it won't be long and they not only will they not need me to go, they won't want me to go... so I went.  I trudged through the snow and boot-skated myself across the ice.  I heard laughter fly down the sledding hill and heard the staccato of the puck bouncing off the boards in the rink.  And for a few brief minutes, the sky glowed orange as the sun went down.  And when I squinted my eyes really, really tightly, and turned my face to the sky, I could almost feel the sun.









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12 comments:

  1. Vicky, I don't see any sign of sun in your images... sorry :( just plenty of white and some happy faces on that ice!

    I think you boys are going to live and breath hockey all their lives. The enjoyment on their faces shows me they are not going to get sick of this sport nor every grow out of it.

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  2. I remember as a little girl wanting nothing more than to be outside skating - and I didn't have the thrill of a hockey match as well. Precious memories for me and your children won't forget how you made it all possible for them.
    Great shots. Love the joy on the faces of the hockey players!

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  3. That outside rink is sooo cool looking. Reminds me of childhood playing hockey on the frozen creek. But we never had anything as spectacular as yours.

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  4. Stunning photos! Those boys look so at home on the ice.

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  5. I think the snow looks beautiful! I would rather have that than the 3 weeks of fog and brown grass that we have had. :0)

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  6. We were so close to hanging out! I was supposed to bring the kids to the park yesterday...I "promised". However little Boden was still sick. I hope the temperatures hold because we will be there after school today! You are right about the lack of color in the winter. After Christmas it is so blah! I need something to lift my spirits between New Years and Easter. :)

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  7. So were you outside with them the whole time they were skating? I bet is is fun watching your children enjoy the winter and skim around so skillfully on the ice.

    That is one l..o..n..g icicle!

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  8. Isn't it amazing how it seems like the white balance in the camera is off, but in truth... it just IS that blue outside when everything is white. And cold. And sunless!!!! But at least there was laughter :)

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  9. sometimes the sun is in our hearts ... and then we see it and smile

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  10. I love your pictures - I so want some snow!!

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  11. That is absolutely beautiful! I want an outdoor rink!

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  12. Even though it's all black and white, it is SO beautiful. I must admire the spirits of your boys. In that cold weather, I wouldn't be seen outside, come what may!

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