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Topic: Winter (11/14/05)
TITLE: Sledding or Shoveling?
By Lew Button
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If winter means sledding it is a time of expectation. As soon as the first snowflake falls the youngest voice in the house starts asking a question only a weatherman can answer, “Will there be enough to sled on?” And the questioning doesn’t stop until the last flake has fallen.
But expectation doesn’t end with the last flake. Instead it moves to another question, “I wonder if it’s deep enough?”
Then, “Dad, will you take me to the hill?”
At the same time expectation is growing in another member of the family. “I can hardly wait until it snows so we can light a fire in the fireplace and look out the window as the snow falls.”
Winter is a time of expectation…unless, of course, we are talking about shoveling.
If by winter we mean it is time to shovel snow then winter means pain and hard work. It is time to bundle up, find the shovel and kick myself for not getting the snow blower serviced.
Winter means my back will hurt. It means I will have to park my car in a driveway that gets smaller every time the snow falls.
Winter means getting up earlier so I can dig the car out. Then driving down the road next to some dufus who didn’t get up earlier but who wants to get to work at the same time as usual.
Winter? It is a season somewhere between delight and drudgery.
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