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A Cold Winter's Night

Many people despise winter.  They grumble and complain about all of its nuisances.  I, personally, like my dad's view of all the ups and downs of every season:  "It's better than no weather at all."  Even in the bone chilling, snow covered days of winter we can find something for which to be grateful.  I am reminded of an event in Thornton Wilder's play Our Town when the heroine is granted one more precious day on earth.  Eventually, she can bear her visit no more because she took soooooo much for granted.  She laments, ". . . . all that was going on and we never noticed. . . Mama and Papa . . .clocks ticking. . . food and coffee . . . hot baths . . . Oh, earth, you're too wonderful for anybody to realize you."

Let's begin tonight to search for the beauty of the winter.  It's a full moon, so take a peek outside and you'll understand this line from the poem 'Twas the Night Before Christmas: "The moon on the breast of the new fallen snow gave a luster of midday to objects below."  Give peace and quiet a chance on these cold winter nights.  Turn off the TV.  Pull a chair close to a fire.  Grab a book, some marshmallows, and of course some Hersey's chocolate and enjoy yourself.  Turn off all the lights and light some candles.  If you have children lay on a blanket and tell them stories.  Make some memories that you will look back upon with a smile.

Soon the days will be longer and hotter.  Enjoy now.  Make the most of each precious moment.

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