Wednesday, February 24, 2010

I knew tthat - just didn't think

I am a voracious reader. I read in the car on the way to the SSB. I can't think of a better way to spend 5 hours! I read while waiting for appointments. I read before I turn off the light at night. SO stage is set.

Last night I was reading a book by an author new to me. Usually I like to read mysteries, but then there are many times I do branch out to other "just good ole stories" (my own personal genre). This book is set in Kansas in modern times, but the heroine, who married into this family, is enamored with the history of the land. I can fully relate.

Before she married, she found a journal written by the woman who was the original owner's wife. Ooh, I hate that. Sounds like chattel!! The woman describes how life was in those early days, and how little they had.

She talks about living in a tent in the beginning until another farm family had enough wood to build them a modest shelter. There was no glass for the windows, and there was no real door. The openings were covered with a burlap like materials.

She then went on to describe the weather. That is the hot topic everywhere these days. Extreme cold, extreme snow, the summer extreme heat, etc. The point was made as to how Kansas could experience the bitter Canadian cold in the winter, and the Northern Mexican heat in the summer. Now, I knew that. Did I think about it before - really, no.

At least I can sit here in Swampland Surburb and know that while we occasionally have exremes, like last summer and this winter, basically, at least so far, we have a pretty even range of temperatures. We should know that the summer is going to be hot and steamy (it's not the heat - it's the humidity), and usually most of our winter is light jacket weather.

That's kind of how it is in life. We know that things can be so much worse, but they usually aren't. We just forget. With spring right around the corner, I hope it can jog our memories so that we can think about just how good things really are! It is, after all, a time of renewal.

Peace.

2 comments:

judemiller1 said...

Waiting for spring--it seems a lot like life. There may be the dark of winter in our lives, when we feel cold, but always---always, springs come forth ot warm us and bring light back into our lives.

Hey--I need the name of that book!!! send it to my e-mail: jjmiller6213@comcast.net
Thanks.

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