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I joked that this is the 108th day of January, but I’m really not laughing because it’s taking its toll.
The weather isn’t just small talk, it’s a big part of life — and one’s livelihood. The amount of sickness this spring during calving has been outrageous. Animals are sick, and field work is behind.
And then there’s school events . . . or should I say, when will there be school events? The Bloomfield golf team still hasn’t had a meet, and it’s April 18. Anybody know when the last time prom was moved to a Sunday? Kudos to Elgin, though, for keeping the kids safe. We still have two more proms to get through this weekend as another storm moves in.
But those are the obvious reasons we desperately need spring. Looking around, we really need the optimism and for lack of better terms, goodness, that comes with spring. Flowers blooming, the smell of fresh dirt, tractors in the field, green grass — that just makes us feel good.
The power of the sun is more than heat. It has the power to change our attitudes and how we feel and see the day.
Honestly, having snow every week for five months has made me a little testy. I’m a little shorter with our daughters than I normally am. I’m not quite as chipper on the phone, and my tongue is a little quicker than it should be.
I’m generally one who analyzes situations and really thinks about things thoroughly before acting. It’s just my general nature to look at things from many perspectives.
What has changed? The weather. Actually, the weather hasn’t changed, and I believe that is what is affecting me and likely you, too.
Don’t get me wrong, I still see a lot of good in people all over the area. I still see smiles and kindness. But I’ve seen people be a little crabby and testy, too, and I attribute that to the weather taking its toll on all of our moods.
While I understand the why, I’m going to try a little harder not to indulge it — to fight the moodiness that comes with yet another snowstorm and winter storm warning.
Lord knows, I can’t change the weather, but I can change my attitude. Our attitudes and how we treat others is something we all have control over. It’s just time to be a little more understanding of how we are all feeling and not take out our frustrations on one another.
Remember May Day 2017? Yep, we had snow then, too.