Photo from Baltimore Sun
Are you among those who have been complaining about the big snow fall, icy sidewalks, and constant low temperatures? Of course you are. It’s not easy to avoid even when you are a winter activities devotee. People who aren’t into winter sports in person or on TV consider the devotees to be out of place. Why don’t they move to Vermont?
There is a small minority to which I belong. We of this small minority don’t mind the harsh winter but we don’t go out to play in it either. We don’t need Vermont. We don’t need Florida. We are quietly thankful for all of our winter good fortune.
We are thankful for traveling I-80 accident free. We are thankful the heavy snow has not collapsed the roof over our heads. We are thankful we have not slipped on ice our merchant friends and borough maintenance have so frequently left for us. We are thankful our vehicle has started every time we put the key in the ignition. We are thankful the bears are hibernating and we can leave bird feeders outside all day and night. And best of all, we are thankful food seems to taste best in wintertime.
So you see there is no shame in feeling good about living in Pennsylvania during winter. It’s just not a big talking point. And in the spirit of good neighbors, we shared this storm with Baltimore and Washington and a number of other good places. That’s the kind of people we are here in the Commonwealth. Charles Marlin