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To truly appreciate warmth, we must first get cold

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[January 19, 2019]  The last of the geese went by the other day. The late ones. The big dark geese. Headed south noisily.

I used to envy them, somehow. They go down there to the warm coastal areas where the jacks swim and the nights are chilly but livable this time of year. If theyre especially sensitive geese, theyll keep going until there are mangoes and palm trees and the language of the people is Spanish.

But they cross over here in their long, languorous vees, and all we can do is look up and wonder what our lives would be like if we could go along. To fly over the farms and valleys, to coast along on the rising thermals, to sail down the long way to warmth and sand and comfort, how nice it might be.

But if we did that, wed miss the snow, and the fire in the fireplace when the work was done in the evening. Wed miss how the snowy world looks just at dusk when the snow is an alpenglow orange and tells us secrets it has saved for us all these years.

If we went to the winter feeding grounds, we wouldnt be able to appreciate how splendid the spring will be with the basking rays of sun on our necks and the swelling of the buds in the fruit trees. To truly appreciate warmth, we must first get cold, and thats evidently a part of our lives that the geese wont ever get to share.

Of course, they seem quite content to sail on down the southern winds to the warm places, leaving us to wrap ourselves tighter in thicker clothes and dream of sandy beaches and snorkels. Have a good winter, geese. Eat a crab or two for me.

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You see, Ill be here for you to honk at when you head north again in the spring.

Ill be right here, living in the same place. Cold or hot, windy or still, my world and my responsibilities are here, and Ill be right here taking care of them.

Its my way of doing things, and Im used to it.

[Text from file received from Slim Randles]

Ol' Jimmy Dollar is Slim Randles' first children's book.  The book is for kids K-3rd grades and is even better when parents read it with children.  Ol' Jimmy Dollar makes for sweet dreams and if you have a dog even better.  Available now on Amazon.


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