A Merry Heart

A Merry Heart
April 18, 2018

It’s been 8 months of winter and Spring is FINALLY here! In North Dakota, this means that temperatures are finally above zero and we can start to enjoy the

No rattlesnakes. No tarantulas. No cockroaches. No hurricanes. The things we don’t have to deal with, that used to cheer me, placate me no longer! In the day where we can delete just about everything else, we can’t delete winter. Surely, if they can send a man to the surface of Mars…or did I just see that on facebook?

Before you try to get me to see the bright side, “Ooooo, but it’s so beautiful when the snow is gently falling and the trees are covered!” Save your frosty breath; I have a screensaver that does that!

A few perks to our arctic weather? I’ll concede a little. North Dakota is a great place for hunters; you can track the deer and moose by just watching for antlers sticking up out of the snow. Yes, hot dish, bars and jello salad are nice on a cold wintry evening. Yes, chances are we will have weeks of cancelled school, because buses won’t start in °-55. Yes, we have enough wind to power the continents of North AND South America. Yes, 90% of the population knows more than 50 Ole and Lena jokes. But I don’t hunt, I don’t go to school, I hate Ole and Lena jokes, and South America can find its own energy!

Only a 3-minute delay because of rush hour traffic, does not make up for not being able to see cars coming from your left or right because of piled snow. Seriously, in how many states can you do snow angels in June?? FYI-  We have a world record, confirmed by the Guinness World Records for most simultaneous snow angels (https://www.cbsnews.com/pictures/for-the-record/8/ and https://usatoday30.usatoday.com/weather/news/2007-03-28-snow-angel-record_N.htm).

Yes, while our below zero temperatures do freeze out the RIFF-RAFF, I gotta admit, I wouldn’t mind an extra 10 degrees on the thermometer in exchange for just a tad bit of “RIFF” or maybe a windless day with some sun for a tiny bit of “RAFF”—do we really need car radios?

I grew up in Minnesota, and I remember Thanksgiving with fall leaves, and Easter with budding trees! Why does a quick trip across the river into ND make the temperature drop by °60? I think splitting from Louisiana is to blame; if we had stayed part of Louisiana we could be a lot warmer—or would they be a lot colder?

If you hear North Dakota on the national news, you can be sure they are discussing either record below zero temperatures, or…nope, just the weather. Notorious for our winters, why can’t we be known for other things, like: our state tree is the American Elm, or our state grass is Western Wheatgrass (we have a state grass???), or our state dance is the Square Dance, or our state fruit is the Chokecherry, or our state beverage is Milk…uh, that’s why.

What’s really wacko is that I wouldn’t live anywhere else! I thank the Lord- gratefully and often- that He brought us to this crazy place!

I found this “Poem” for you poetry-minded optimists:

It’s winter in North Dakota
And the gentle breezes blow
Seventy miles an hour
At twenty-five below.
Oh, how I love North Dakota
When the snow’s up to your gut
You take a breath of winter
And your nose gets frozen shut.
Yes, the winter here is Wonderful
So I guess I’ll hang around.
I could never leave North Dakota,
‘Cause I’m frozen to the ground!!!