I'm happy our winter storm didn't last any longer

Published: Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 06:05 PM.

There’s a reality show on cable called “Life Below Zero.” I’ve watched it a few times as I assume most readers have.

Those folks living that life have what I consider a hard time of it compared to my world but figured that maybe it wasn’t quite as bad as it looked. Wrong!

Last week, we lived a sister reality show I’d call, “Stranded in Midway Park.” I’m here to tell you there’s no way I’d ever get used to freezing cold weather day after day. And, truth be told, I don’t want to.

I recall a family above the Arctic Circle watching expectantly for their river ice to begin to break up and flow downstream. My wife Ann and I had a similar tiny experience.

Into the third day when Skip said temperatures would be inching up, we’d stand at the patio door watching for telltale drops of water signaling the beginnings of a thaw. A few came here and there. We even opened the door so we could hear the beautiful sound of the intermittent drips.

I even found myself channeling my “inner-Druid” by awaiting and anticipating the warming sunrises each morning. I was missing the robe and hood but did utter a few chants. Actually the “chants” sounded a lot like sneezes, but apparently they worked. The sun rose to my joy.

I know I’m being a little ridiculous treating this winter weather as a special hardship. Northerners would consider our storm as nothing more than extra-thick frost.

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