The answer to yesterday's riddle is... a snowflake named Herman!
Let me explain. Lauren is with me for a few days visiting my family in Madison, WI where I grew up. We live together in Southern California and she's a Cali native so these Midwestern temperatures have got her shiverin'. I think it was about nineteen degrees yesterday.
My mom and I took her downtown and around the university campus for a little sight seeing yesterday (we were hanging out on State Street for any Madison residents out there keeping score).
As we were walking back to the car it began to snow very softly and it was quite pretty. Suddenly Lauren noticed a snowflake on her coat sleeve. Not just a clump of fallen snow but rather a single, delicate, perfectly crystallized and preserved, splendidly unique tiny little snowflake. She stopped!
"Oh my gosh, look!" She cried.
"What, what?" I said.
"It's a snowflake." She replied in an almost reverential tone."It's beautiful." There was a pause as she smiled, stared at it intently and nearly nudged it with her cozily gloved fingertip as she said "I think I'll name him Herman."
It was quite possibly one of the most adorable things I had ever witnessed. A single snowflake in its infinite uniqueness and perfection mixed with a childlike innocence with a heart open enough to love and appreciate it.
What a moment! Life can be so very, very tender and beautiful.
Thank you Lauren, I love you.