I just ran across this photo of my mom
playing hide-and-go-seek with my son
at our local arboretum this past summer.
This is just what I needed
to remind me why I live where I do,
when it’s 20 below zero
and little relief in sight.  

This picture reminds me
how lush and lovely it can be here,
it will be here,
in just a few short months,
when all this shivering
will be totally worth it.