Thoughts about Snow and Cold

December 15, 2013

Snow falling

Copyright 2013 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

We have had several snowfalls over the past few days and while each was not that much in terms of depth, the snow was moisture-rich and therefore heavy to move.  Waking up this morning to a bit more snow and a crust of ice was not that pleasant, especially given that my back was still stiff from the last shovel.

Snowy tree

Copyright 2013 Kevin P. Mick Photography.

As I started to move that snow, the HBO series Band of Brothers, which depicts the role that Easy Company of the 101st Airborne played in WWII, imposed itself upon my consciousness: specifically, the episodes covering the Battle of the Bulge, which was fought during the winter of 1944-45 at Bastogne in the Ardennes Forest.  The soldiers fought, slept, and patrolled in snow, sleet, and freezing rain without the benefit of being able to get warm, let alone move inside.  This was also the last major German offensive and so the fighting was fierce. 

Single tree with footprints in snow

Copyright 2013 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

Being able to put circumstances into perspective is a useful tool.  I am not having to stand in a foxhole awaiting the next attack.  I am not homeless and have the ability to eat and get warm at will.  Yes, my back hurts and my driveway is long.  I am thankful for both.

Take care.

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