How do you put in words the wonders of winter? Do you measure it by degrees in celcius or farenheit? Do you measure it by inches or centimeters? Do you measure it by how many times (or DAYS!) the power is off? How about by how high the snow and drifts are?
Do you measure it by the wonders you see each day – whether it is in minus 24 degrees or 93 mph winds, or the sun shining brightly, making the snow shimmer as if it were a field of diamonds? Do you measure it by the smiles as you see “Snowmagilla’s” pop up around town or snow forts with kids flinging snow balls back and forth? Do you measure the joy with a strike as you ice bowl or as you run across a frozen lake in an outhouse races – of course, there are heated outhouse seats for your fish house on said lake.
How do you measure, how do you put in words, how can you describe the silence that fills the air, snow drifting softly from the night sky, or the Northern lights as they dance, ebb and flow, framing the Talkeetna mountain tops, the colors changing moment by moment.
You don’t. You just stop what you are doing, to see what is truly important. You look up. You smile. You fill your heart to over-flowing so you can somehow, someway, share….by action, not words.
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.