Does minus 25 with clear blue skies and the sun shining brightly qualify for March Madness? (Go Gonzaga!)
This time of year, the ‘tweener’ months, remind me of the “Push-Me/Pull-Me” animal in the classic movie, Dr. Doolittle.
While we love the fact we finally have a ‘winter’ after 3 years with no snow, the seed catalogs that are arriving taunt me, beckoning me to “buy me NOW!” SERIOUSLY?!
It will be May before we can even think of planting seeds in the ground! (I won’t mention Bill succumbed to the taunts! He has slowly been stocking up when he sees a seed display at the store, and finds his specialty seeds for this year’s delights!)
As I look out my office window, the skies are a brilliant blue and the sun is streaming so bright I have to close the shades a bit to type. There is still 2-3 feet of snow on the ground and plow piles 6-7 feet high. What’s wrong with this picture?! It’s March already!! No wonder many Alaskans are fleeing for Hawaii next week for Spring Break!
But not me! I’m reminded once more to not rush the season we find ourselves in. For, if we do, we might miss the delights set before our very eyes. The icicles make for incredible photos. I never tire hearing the neighbor’s kids with their squeals of laughter, sledding, snowmachining or getting the dogs in the middle of a snowball fight. Even I can’t resist throwing a cup of warm water over my head when it is this cold outside, watching it vaporize in an arching cloud over me! We find ourselves humming a theme song of “Slip Sliding Away” as we make our way across a parking lot or down the slippery path to the frozen river.
The wonder of this March Madness continues as we watch the 7 “local” moose routinely come by to prune our willow tree branches and my lilac bushes, or kneel as if they were praying to find a morsel of hay beneath the layers of snow. Last week, one moose bedded down on the back side of the hot tub. It startled Bill when she stood up ever so quietly while he was IN the hot tub. Only a moose can disappear before your eyes!
And the Northern Lights displays? OH MY !! Watching them pulse and roll across the night skies make you realize sleep is way overrated!!
So SERIOUSLY! Don’t rush the ‘season’ you are in! Open your eyes! Don’t miss the "nuggets" before you!
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Care Tuk is a nationally known speaker, educator, and retreat/workshop leader. She has been a school, hospital, and home health occupational therapist for more than 30 years. She has been named as a Top Business Woman in America and recognized for her work with youth, disability outreach and awareness, and the American Cancer Society.