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Well, fellow Duluthians and Northlanders, it hath finally happened. After a sultry summer and a vivid fall, our old familiar acquaintance (whether it be a welcome one or not) has ambled back into town. Yup, you guessed it: ‘Ol Man Winter has officially arrived to stay until whenever he feels it prudent to take his leave. Yes sir, that mystical time frequently referred to throughout the year, yet that which seems so distant…”when the snow flies”….has arrived.
Alright, alright, maybe some of you aren’t quite so optimistic about the commencement of another sloppy, chilly, gusty, shovel-wielding winter. (After all, “excessive early-onset-crusted-ice-snow-shoveling-sore-shoulder-syndrome” is a distinctly Minnesota malady). But going along with the theme of our previous post, we would like to spend some time contemplating gratitude. In this case, gratitude for the tedious, yet in many ways, delightful winter that has officially begun up here in America’s Icebox. Here are some of the wonderfully wintery musings that we’d like to share with you today.
Let’s face it, not many of us much enjoy the whipping winter wind. As growing drifts of snow build up on the previously green grass, Jack Frost, jogging out from an intense workout, exhales deeply, lifting up the recently settled snow, tangling it into pale, vibrant ribbons, and throwing it across the terrain, often into the unsuspecting faces of innocent snow shovelers who, perhaps, forgot to cover up their cheeks. But from the comfort of one’s home, with a peppermint mocha in hand and a pair of comfy Solmate socks fitted snugly on feet (find these wonderfully warm and fashionable socks at Spirit Bay!), watching the midair currents of misplaced flakes dancing their way around the yard bring joy and awe of the idiosyncrasies of the season to one’s heart.
If you happened to be down by the lake Friday during the height of the storm, you may have seen a spectacular show. Mr. Frost headed down to the lakeside and stirred up the stagnant depths of the world’s largest freshwater lake, causing angry, foamy waves to become churned up from the middle of the unsalted seas. Later, the waves solidify into awe-inspiring sheets of jagged icicles on the rocky shore, turning the waterfront into a glassy spectacle for the awe of all. Then, when the sun decided to show itself the next day, the whole white-dusted landscape lit up with magnanimous force, casting brilliant rainbows of radiance into our eyes and reminding us that it’s always better when it’s bright.
When the snow isn’t driving down upon our heads with fierce force, when those individually unique flakes of joy sprinkle down upon the landscape, without a doubt, the best form that they come in is snowglobe form. You know what I mean. Small handfuls of tender, tiny flakes float and twirl their way down from the heavens, in pursuit of a driveway, roof, or car windshield. Truly, when one glances out at these flakes, one cannot help but see the inherent beauty in the world which has been created for us.
Well, although there’s plenty more to discuss about this particular topic, something tells me that if we do it all now, we won’t have anything new to talk about come February…and March…and April…and HOPEFULLY not May. But even if that is the case, know that winter is not a bleak, dismal season. Like everything else in life, there is joy, hope, and encouragement to be found during this special time of year, and we hope you’ll join us here at Spirit Bay in celebrating and cherishing the winter season as it starts to roll into town!