red-sledThis week marks the half-way point between the winter solstice and the spring equinox. While many are longing for spring, I don’t mind that winter is only half over.  Winter happens to be my favorite season. I realize that’s a bit unusual, but it is. I never tire of looking at snow-covered scenes, of walking in the snow, or even shoveling sidewalks or clearing cars. When school is canceled, I phone the three children across the road to see whether they would like to go sledding here at Lial. They are usually interested, and we have fun on the hills. Actually I wanted to try a new sled that someone gave me which the children refer to as the Red Rocket. Now those readers who know who I am will probably wonder, “Why doesn’t she act her age?” Well, I’m practicing for heaven.  Only children get in. Maybe I’ll sled in!

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  1. mary james on February 3, 2015 at 12:11 pm

    i really don’t like winter as much as you do, but I do love the beauty of the white
    glistening snow and of course snow days. How fun to bring the children over
    to sled. Very neighborly and good “PR” Childlike is the key, for sure! Keep
    sledding!

  2. Sr. Joan Marie Recker on February 3, 2015 at 1:20 pm

    Hey, what a positive outlook on winter. Having lived with you I can see you smiling at the snow and playing in it with the neighbors. Great way of letting your joy and fun-loving spirit become contagious! How our world needs positive thinking these days. A playful spirit spreads peace..

  3. Sister Celine on February 5, 2015 at 9:03 pm

    I absolutely LOVE that thought, Sr. Valerie, of the child-like sliding into heaven. I like to think of winter especially here at Lial as a Winter Wonderland, and that it IS. I would like to snowball with glistening white flakes right into the heavenly Wonderland 🙂

  4. Sr. Carolyn Marie Schaffer on February 12, 2015 at 7:07 pm

    Valerie, this is so you. Your true spirit is radiated through this writing and this experience of winter. Thanks for being so simple in loving the child and the snow. This touched my day and my love for winter.

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