Just Thinking– Back in the arms of Winter

January 3, 2014

Dr. Ray Augenstein

Wow, here we are again back in the arms of winter. Does it make you want to curl up inside a nice warm blanket, with a roaring fire before you, and wait for spring to make an appearance.

I’ve been told that there are some people who actually like winter. Well I’m one of those people who like Snow Storms, Thunder and Lightning, Rain and all that goes with it. As long as I can be inside looking out I’m perfectly content.

Call me weird or crazy but when I was a kid, I used to bundle up and go down to the barn, climb up in the haymow and just relax listening to the sounds of Mother Nature. Sometimes I like to jump into my car and drive down to the lake when it is raining just to see and listen to the sounds and sights of the storm around me.

Now my brothers and sister, they were a little different at the first crash of thunder or flash of lightening, they were ready to hide under the bed. Don’t even ask them to go out in a snow storm.

I never was a skier, or snow shoe trekker, but I did enjoy tobogganing, or sliding. The only drawback was I had to drag the toboggan or sled back up the hill. Fifteen minute climb for a thirty second ride. It doesn’t make a lot of sense. The children seem to love it and could probably stay outside in the snow forever. Now that the Christmas season is near, I’m glad that we have our snow to add that special touch to our holiday season. As a Northerner, born and raised in Michigan, I can’t imagine having Christmas without snow. It would be like not having a Christmas tree, or decorations, or presents.

Christmas may not mean anything to some people. They try to commercialize it, sterilize it, alter it, or just ignore it, but to the little ones who see Santa Clause, or Rudolph the Red nose Reindeer, or Frosty the snowman, it’s a magical time of year.

They see the magic in every snowflake, in every Snowman standing alongside of the road. They have their snowball fights, and build their snow forts and Snow Angels.

I may be getting up in years, and can no longer go out to slide or throw snowballs or build Snow men with my Grand Children, but I still can feel the magic in the new fallen snow. I still love to see the blizzard conditions outside my window while I sit warm and toasty inside. I enjoy having my morning cup of coffee with my friends inside a nice warm restaurant, while spinning stories of our childhood.

Aah, winter, it’s so nice to see, at least for a couple of weeks.

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