Monday, December 9, 2013

Embracing The Cold Of Winter In Iowa

OK~ I am really trying hard to embrace Winter! Seems this time of year I cannot accept the fact that Winter is actually here. I woke up this morning to -2 degrees, with a windchill of -23 degrees. That is just cold, very cold! When I was younger I had a much easier time embracing Winter and all it has to offer. Not so simple, as I get older.

I had been on a road trip out of state this past week-end. When I left, we had no snow, yet when I returned this is what I came home to. I really miss the color that Spring and Summer have to offer. Fall is very short and we go right into the dull ditches and countryside that in my opinion, is just boring. Brown is not a color to trigger excitement for this Mom.

This morning as I peered outside to watch the sun come up, I did think to myself, "That is pretty." Then I thought, "Dang, it's cold out there!" I am grateful for heat and the fact that I can look at the beauty of winter through glass windows from a heated home. Much to be thankful for. So, here is that color that I struggle to find this time of year. Maybe it's because it's soooo cold out that it is this pretty.

How do you embrace Winter in Iowa? Do you hunker down in your home or do you get out into the outdoors? When our boys were younger, we spent lots of hours on the local sledding hill and built a lot of snow forts in our yard. Now that they are older and my body shudders at the cold, it makes peering through the glass much more exciting.

As I literally ran through the Detroit airport yesterday, a gentleman asked me where I was headed, "I replied Iowa." His response was, "You are good people and have a good way of life!" The short conversation I had with a stranger made me think. Yes, Iowa does offer a good way of life. Life on the farm is quiet, there are no high rises, or sidewalks. There is wide open space, friendly neighbors a mile or so down the road and quiet that is not offered in a city.

So, I guess I will embrace Winter. Pray that my boys drive safe on this snow and ice and gear up for the Christmas season. After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

1 comment:

  1. It was so cold today, even my 2 1/2 year old didn't want to be outside to play for longer than a few minutes! Stay warm!


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