By the looks of the newly fallen snowscape, very few wild creatures have ventured from their nests, dens and beds. Except for a few tracks, the snow is pretty much as it fell. Maybe there is a lesson in this for humans.
An often-shared sentiment is that people like a good winter storm -- if it's spent in front of a crackling fire, with a cup of cocoa in your hand and a cozy blanket about your shoulders. An evening or two like this seemed to be quite common in years gone by. In fact, just about every evening was like this when people yielded to winter nights by staying home.
We're not like that any more. The first thing we do is push the snow throwers out of the garage or call the snow plow guy. We cannot stay in around the fire, we have to get out!
There seems to be no time left for settling in for the evening to watch the storm rage outside. Our professions and getting ahead have become too important to put on hold for a snow storm. We choose to work late and drive many perilous miles in white-out conditions because in today's world there is always someone young, single, and aggressive who would love to take our spot at the office. Our kids are enrolled in a plethora of extracurricular programs to prepare them for life after grade 12. Who cares that they are only 9 and need to learn to compete, build that list of accolades for scholarship applications, and gain that maturity. Actually it isn't the kids that usually feel this way.
So by choice or fate, we live in a day that doesn't promote an evening by a glowing wood fire or even a fake gas-burning fireplace. But that doesn't mean we can't defy the status quo and do it anyway.
You will have to prepare, though. Like the squirrel that hordes food, the deer that roam all night to fill their bellies before the storm, and the ant that worked while the grasshopper played, you will only be able to enjoy a winter storm at home if you're ready. That means no running to the store for food, snacks and video tapes. Kids can stand only so much looking at a fire or talking with Mom and Dad. So you best have entertainment, soft drinks and treats before hand. And like the wild creatures of our world, you will be able to sit back and wait out a storm where you belong -- safe at home and relaxed.
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