It was too cold to pretend; she had to put on her boots and jacket to get the mail. She hated to give in to it; but last night's snow made her face reality. The path would be icy, and running was out. She'd freeze before she got back unless she bundled up.
Stepping off the porch, she felt her feet slide; bending her knees, she did the Minnesota shuffle down to the street. Halfway there, she could see the unmistakable silhouette of a little parcel hanging in a bag on her mailbox; what could it be? She couldn't remember ordering anything, and it was too early yet for Christmas.
She reached the mailbox, picked up her post, and shuffled back to the house. Eagerly, she removed her boots and jacket and reached for her box. She quickly sliced through the tape and opened the box. What on earth?!?!? a bag of tiny, gaily colored paper umbrellas and a package of piña colada mix. Humming happily, she fell instantly into a tropical island mood.
© 2008 Cynthia Newcomer Daniel
Seed and fringe beads, gold-filled findings. Hand fabricated, princess length necklace.
With special thanks to Gwwn Fisher of BeAd Infinitum, for teaching me to think about beads in a new way.