“”And finally Winter, with its bitin’ whinin’ wind, and all the land will be mantled with snow.” Roy Bean
I don’t ask for much…not blizzards of white stuff, just a nice fresh covering of white to make winter seem more like winter so that I can make fresh tracks in the landscape again. The saying, “be careful what you wish for” is not foreign to me and that’s why when I wish I usually have a list of qualifications that go with it. It’s really no different than my wife insisting on a real Christmas tree to make Christmas seem more like Christmas, that I need snow to make Winter seem more like Winter. It’s really quite simple.
There is a certain freshness that snow brings with the landscape just as spring flowers bring a certain “newness” to the earth. Spring would be a sad affair if Snow Trilliium’s didn’t dot the forest landscape and tulips weren’t pushing upwards in gardens around towns. Summer would fail, in my humble opinion, if the skies weren’t dressed in puffy marshmallow clouds, which are usually brought on by hot humid days and a certain stillness in the air.
Fall suppresses our angst of winter by playing a sort of “shell game” with our minds and providing such a painted landscape of gold’s and red’s that we forget what’s coming in the days ahead. Even knowing that we would never wish to miss a golden day of Fall.
So, I’ve said it…maybe not eloquently, but those of us that live in the land of four seasons are hardy of heart and spirit because we pull on our boots, grab our shovels and clear a path so that friends can join us by the fire and the postman/woman can bring us Christmas cheer from far away friends and family.
Winter is God’s way of providing and end…and a beginning. It’s a Divine gift of water frozen into beautiful crystals that provides sledding for the young and beauty for the rest of us. Rain is rain, but snow is special.
Thank you all for enduring this flight of fancy. My wife understands your frustration!
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