December 18, 2013

It is unseasonably warm today.  My phone says it is 51° F.  It was forecasted to be in the 50’s.  In Nebraska we joke about the weather, my favorite is, “If you don’t like the weather, wait 24 hours.”  Our high temp for Friday is only supposed to get to 23° F.  So on these rare winter days, (well very late fall, but whose counting? :-)) the whole community is out basking in the sunshine!

For curiosity sake I planned to take two walks today, just to see what effect the balmy temps would have on the leftover snow.  No cliff hanger here, the snow is melting.  Places of no snow are more abundant than snow-covered.  Like the delicate flakes are clinging to one another trying to ward off the inevitable.

The path I strode is on the edge of a very small rural town.  I am staying with a friend for a few days and am enjoying the non-existent noise of the city.  This morning I heard a squirrel on the roof, a cow lowing in a nearby pasture, and the fans of the grain drying system at the grain elevator.  No screeching tires, no sirens, no noticeable sound evidence from our neighbors.  I relish taking a break from the noise of the city.

I made a fun discovery on my country walks, the first walk at 11 am, and the second walk was at 2 pm.  I discovered the multitude of tracks on the path becoming more distinct as the melting crystals became liquid.  No longer were they an indistinct chaos of disturbed snow but individual prints.  Rabbit, deer, turkey, dog, human, squirrels (lots of those) and even a horse or two.

Sometimes in our lives it takes more than one look at an event, a person, or a situation to distinctly see what we are observing.  It takes time and change to reveal all the layers of our lives.  Our perspective changes and so does the subject of our attention.  Let us not forget to take the time in our daily lives to appreciate the changes that encompass our days.        

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