In a one-bedroom apartment, at the tippy top of the stairs of an old brownstone, smack in the middle of a very large city, a sled is not a very practical thing to keep around. Alas, alack, because I really love a good run down a sledding hill, cheeks all flushed, pants all wet, heart all jumpy from the reckless careening. Last year we fashioned a temporary sled for Faye out of a cardboard box and pulled her around our snowy neighborhood and I’m hopeful this winter might give us a few good blizzards to tromp around in.
Here, a few festive supplies for a sledding adventure:
A Flexible Flyer because it’s my very favorite kind of sled and they’re still made in the USA. (Stubs of candle wax for greasing up those runners not included.)
A colorful pom bonnet lest I lose a little guy in a sea of white.
Merino long johns for keeping a tiny body warm and toasty.
A sledding scarf, because with a name like that, how could you resist?
In an effort to ground all of this make-believing in something a bit more down to earth, here are four things we can do today to help the planet and each other:
For a planet that’s warming: If you haven’t already, make a switch to renewable energy. We do this through ConEdison Solutions, which uses 100% wind power. If you’re not sure where to begin, try searching the Green-e Certified List to find local clean energy sources. (If you’re confused about how buying clean energy works, watching this short video on Renewable Energy Certificates helps demystify the process.)
For water protectors in the snow: The reality, of course, is that snow days are not always full of cocoa and pleasantly rosy cheeks. In North Dakota water protectors are facing increasingly inclement weather as they protect their land. You can support them financially here and you can lend your voice by signing this petition to encourage President Obama to permanently stop the Dakota Access Pipeline.
For kids who need coats: Forget frolicking in beautiful knits in the snow, lots of kids lack even a basic winter coat. Use this map to find a local coat drive near you where you can bring clean and gently used coats (or send along a donation).
For heroic adults: Donate to the Syrian rescue workers risking their lives to save the people of Aleppo.