NOTICE-THIS IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY TONGUE-IN-CHEEK BLOG...but not this time.
I was talking with a close friend the other day. We were marveling at how small children cut to the essence of things, in such a basic way. It's beautiful really. What brought this up was, he observed his granddaughter trying to catch gulls on the beach. Whereas adults of course know, that's pretty much an impossibility. But small children not only don't know this, they don't care. Truth is, there are child thought processes and there are adult thought processes. Somewhere we lose our ability to marvel, and maybe even worse...we worry about what others think of us. It is a terrible thing in the adult world to be embarrassed. I suppose that is as it should be. And yet...I love children's free thought. In therapy I would probably be diagnosed as missing being a child. I know this, I sure as hell relate to them.
And then there was today. We have had some not so bad weather the past week, after almost three months of steady on snow...and cold of the Arctic kind. It even got up to 66 degrees one day last week. This morning when I got up...I looked out the window...snow. Ferking snow. Slushy, rainy type snow. It WAS NOT predicted. Much of it melting, but still...snow.
I got everyone up...my wife off to work...my oldest daughter off to school, and then I took our six year old to school. It was still snowing...those great big flakes about the size of a quarter...you know the ones. In my mind, I am cursing the gods, or aliens, or the holes in the atmosphere...whichever applies. Cursing because, now the revised weather prediction is...2-3 days of this. NO NO NO, I am ready for Spring. I saw a robin the other day. I saw geese flying to...Alaska, honking, "no Palin, no Palin". I jinxed the whole thing because I put up the snow shovels. Damn.
Our routine is, I sit in the car after letting my daughter out and watch until a teacher comes out (we have had some pervert scares lately...yes, even here in the plain Plains). My daughter likes to be first out there waiting for school to open. About 5 or 6 other kids showed up, and my daughter dropped her back pack, ran out into the middle of the compound in front of the entrance...opened her mouth to catch...snow flakes. The rest of the kids follow suit. Massive numbers of little mouths opened heavenward, trying to catch snowflakes. Beautiful! I love them all.
That's all I need to say...holes in the sky or no.
BTW-that is not my daughter in the photo...but she highly resembles her. I have a policy of not posting actual photos of my family here. Yep, paranoid.