Als ich wisse das Morgen der Erde enden wuerde, immernoch wurd ich mein Apfelbaum pflanzen.

Even if I knew the world would perish tomorrow, I would still plant my apple tree. - Martin Luther

"Factory work's easier on the back, and I don't mind it, understand, but a man becomes what he does. Got to watch that. That's why I keep at farmin' although the crops haven't ever throve. It's the doin' that's important." Madison Wheeler in Blue Highways by William Least Heat Moon

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Sorry to See It Go

It took me a while to discover the reason I love winter.  Some people look at winter storms as stressful events.  They clear out the grocery shelves, and huddle inside in fear watching the weatherman.

Although we have all the modern conveniences, we're also chosen to have a wood stove, a gas furnace and a pantry full of canned goods.  We could have been snowed in for a month or more and been fine.

Also, we really like our kids, and we've taught them to be self entertainers.  We are happiest when we are all together - just the four of us.  We didn't lose power so we did gather for a nightly family movie, and the kids were allowed their 20 min. of technology time, but mostly we either played together or the kids found ways to entertain themselves.

Although there's still snow on the ground, and winter isn't over yet, I miss the feeling of security, warmth and family togetherness we have when the snow is coming down by the bucketful and we're stranded here together.  I love winter because of this feeling.   The Norwegians have a name for this warmth and happiness with winter - koselig.  Norwegians look at winter not as a time to be survived, but as one of enjoyment.

My winter hating, Northern dwelling mother tells me that I would feel differently if I lived in the snow belt, but I'm pretty sure she's wrong.  When I retire I'll be moving North to find winter.

Stay warm everyone!

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