>So far, the Spokane winter hasn’t been any worse than growing up in Giles. We’ve only had a few inches of snow total. Tonight however, it will be a chilly zero degrees. Negative temperatures are approaching!
Despite the snowfall this weekend, our house took a trip to Seattle. Eastern Washington is dry, flat and fairly boring, but when it was covered in a dusting of snow, it was really quite beautiful. The Snoqualmie pass through the Cascades was also gorgeous in the snow. It was too cloudy on the way there to see the mountains, but on the way back it was clear and we had great views. Washington, the parts you expect and the parts you don’t, is a pretty state.
Seattle is a much, much more exciting city than Spokane. We only went there for a night to go to a party at a JV house there, but it was still fun to see. I met up with Hannah, a friend from Work Crew whom I hadn’t seen in 4 years. We had a blast. I saw the space needle, Pike Place, first Starbucks. I didn’t actually have a cup of coffee all weekend…oh well, there is good stuff in Spokane!
The bus company which takes kids from the special needs school to our day care called and said the employees wanted to sponsor families for Christmas. It’s the first year they’ve done it, and I thought it was pretty exciting that this year, despite all the economic crisis, they decide to spend their Christmas gifts (I think they are donating mainly the gift cards they are given from families) on someone else. So now it’s my job to call the families and ask what they want for Christmas. It’s kind of awkward, to be honest.
It’s funny listening to all of the kids talk about what Santa is going to bring them. I know their Santas. Moms, dads, of course. Some Santas will be anonymous donors. Other kids’ Santas will be their bus driver. Some will be the grandmother who doesn’t get to see her grandkids anymore after her son’s divorce. It’s encouraging how communities make this effort to see to it that kids have a Santa.
I go home on Saturday…excited!
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