Monday, March 28, 2016

SOLSC #28 - One Layer Short

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Introduction: Hello and welcome to my blog! This is the third year I have participated in the SOLSC and also the third year for my students as well! I teach students, ages 11-14, in a multi-age classroom at The Logan School for Creative Learning in Denver, CO. This year, I am hosting students from all three middle school classes and they are participating on a volunteer basis (with a few prizes thrown in for inspiration). I'm looking forward to being part of this amazing community again!

One Layer Short

The cold is penetrating, pervasive, invasive. My fingers, usually a factory of heat used to warm my wife or daughter's hands, feel icy on my neck as they seek heat. My legs and back are cold and the tops of my toes are like popsicles. The rain outside is steady and the mercury holds at a dreary 39 degrees. The East Coast humidity makes all temperatures...more. I miss the dry cold of Colorado that while chilling, does not lay upon me like a wet blanket. I'm one layer short.

I looked at the forecast a few days ago and compared the temperatures on the same scale, forgetting to factor in the humidity. The zipper busted on my favorite blue fleece, the one I plan all other layers around. It's the article of clothing heavy enough to shovel in and light enough to put on for just a chilly breeze. But now it's getting repaired, my normal calibrations are off and my fingers are cold.

I'm one layer short.


  1. That was a surprise, one layer short. I wasn't sure where you were headed with it. Loved the line about the chill being pervasive and invasive, penetrating. I feel it and know it well. That describes our weather indeed. maribeth

  2. You took me right there, to that feeling of being one layer short. Great title, great imagery!

  3. I can feel the chill. The dampness just doesn't let go! Try and stay warm!

  4. It has been a dreary, wet cold for a while now here in Maine. It is SO worth it though when the spring breaks through. We do know how to appreciate it when it gets here, that's a fact!