For the most part, winter this year has been mild here in Canada. Temperatures have been above normal and our snow has been coming in spurts of a few inches here and there. During the last two weeks of February, we enjoyed sunny days and spring-like temperatures. Then, like a slap in the face, the frigid temperatures returned accompanied by a blizzard blanketing the area in over a foot of snow.
Even my ski-enthusiast son proclaimed, “Can’t the snow just go away?”
Upon seeing that it was minus 19 Celsius (windchill even colder) this morning, I commented to my husband that if I had been an early settler in Canada, I think I would have died that first winter…and I would have been glad to escape the frigid temperatures.
Amidst the grumbling and complaining, however, I think an extended winter comes at an ideal time. Lent is a time of prayer, fasting and almsgiving. It’s typically a time when people give up things. I suppose warmth and comfort are good things to give up for Lent, even for a short time.
Besides, the cold, sub-zero temperatures cannot compete against our roaring wood stove. I think I’ll recite my rosary next to the wood stove this morning…
Copyright 2012 Ellen Gable Hrkach