Is it too soon to be over winter? I know it is only mid-January and winter only officially began on December 21st, but I feel like we have had enough to hold us until next winter already. I would like to put forth a motion that we have the earliest and longest spring on record by starting it a full two months early on January 20th. Can I get a second?
Here is my thought – we all use the power of positive thought and channel our energy toward sunshine and spring-like temperatures at the same time. That much collective power has got to be able to start a warming trend, right? We do not need to wait for a rodent (a.k.a. Punxsutawney Phil) to tell us what’s up regarding the advent of spring in two weeks. We should be able to do this on our own – well, on our own as a species. I do not need no stinking groundhog telling me how my next few months are going to shape up. I think it is time that we harness our collective power and make a few changes, starting with a three month limit on cold temperatures. The very first day the temperature drops below 30 degrees the clock should start on winter’s limited engagement and 90 days later the clock should stop and we should be moving on to our spring engagement. That is how it is supposed to be when you have four seasons – each one only gets three months.
But not here. Here in the upper Midwest, winter is a bully and elbows its way into both fall and spring and always overstays its welcome. We – the folks who live here willingly – point to our ability to endure long, horrendous winters as evidence of the fact that we are hardy folk, but everyone else looks at this as an indicator that we are just a little bit crazy. I must say that I am growing increasingly comfortable with being viewed as less hardy – indeed, I am okay with being labeled a wimp. I do not relish six months of winter, one month of spring, three months of summer, and two months of fall. Alas, I love North Dakota and I want to stay here so there is only one avenue by which to do that – the power of collective positive thinking reshaping the reality of our universe.
You are probably thinking that cabin fever is setting in here. I think you may be right. All the more reason that I ask again – can I get a second?
Day one thousand two hundred and ninety-one of the new forty – obla di obla da