Monday, January 10, 2011

Colder Here Than Anywhere

“I like these cold, gray winter days. Days like these let you savor a bad mood.”
Bill Watterson

cabin6Minus five degrees is the reading on the thermometer at the living room window. That’s a very cold temperature. It’s freezing here in the valley.
But, have you ever noticed that no matter how cold your thermometer reads, the thermometer of everyone else you know, in the same vicinity, always reads lower?
Why is that?
V2I guarantee you, if every household in the village were called and polled, this little plot of ground I call mine would not be as cold as anybody else’s. Does it make sense to you that everybody complains about the cold, but everybody wants to be colder. It becomes a game of “If you can be cold, I can be colder”.
M1Any cold you can have, I can have colder.
I can have colder temps, colder than you.
Yes, I can.
When summer enters the valley again, the game will be just the opposite. Everyone else will have the highest temperature recordings on their thermometers and be sweltering in the heat wave they are suffering through. Since your temperature can’t possibly be as high as anybody else's, you’ll be wrapped in two sweaters, eskimo boots and ear muffs.

 I wish you shelter from the storm, a cozy fire to keep you warm, but most of all when snowflakes fall…
I wish you the lowest temperature reading in the neighborhood.

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If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.”
Anne Bradstreet
 Another Sunday in the valley has come and gone.