As I write this article, it is the second week of April and another snowstorm is predicted to hit our area. Spring is a long time coming this year. One thing winter teaches northern Wisconsin people is patience. There is no rushing nature. Yet, every year, winter goes away and spring takes its place. I admit I do not do well at this time of year. There is something within me that moans with each wintry weather report; something that yearns for anything green. Even moldy food in the refrigerator captures my attention.
A man once asked me if I had ever seen a completed "Honey Do List." I told him, completed Honey Do Lists are like unicorns. Many people believe they exist, but no one has ever seen one. Forgive my sexist remark, but I wanted to introduce the idea of to do lists. Some people use them to bring order to their life, making sure the important things get done. However, the challenge is not found in creating a list, but completing it. We often write down more than we can do.
I know your children are or were perfect, but my children were somewhat of a challenge from time to time. They were basically good kids, but they could be frustrating; especially when they failed to meet our expectations. It is not that our demands were too high; their cooperation was a bit too low. Thus we found ourselves continually reminding them to pick up their toys, clean their rooms, stop fighting, eat their vegetables, take a bath, etc.
The following illustration is from the Rev. Billy Graham who died last month.
Remember the Ice Bucket Challenge from the summer of 2014? Everyone was dumping ice water over their heads to raise money for the ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) Association, in order to find a cure for Lou Gehrig's disease. The challenge raised $115 million, which the association is using to fund 150 different ALS research groups around the world.
When we first moved to Superior, my family and I warily anticipated our first winter in the northern clime. We had heard horror stories from the locals of what awaited us; the minus 50 degree temperatures, hundreds of feet of snow, long and dark nights, the half-hour long days; and that was just for October.
The Nazi death camp, Auschwitz, was well known for its violent abuse of its inmates during World War II. Among its gruesome acts was the rule that 10 inmates would be executed, by starvation, for every one person that escaped. This rule was being enforced one day, as the guards randomly selected ten men to die. Among the chosen was a family man named Francis Gajowniczek. Hearing he had been picked, he began crying out for mercy, pleading to be spared for his family's sake.
I have no proof for my claim, but I believe the chocolate chip cookie is the most popular cookie on the market. I have never met a person who disliked them.
I read an article calling for a new approach to childbearing. Couples should have only one child or none at all. The reasoning? Children, as carbon forms, have a negative impact on the environment. The idea is gaining popularity among environmentalists and philosophers.
Have you seen the TV ad for the auto insurance company touting their roadside assistance? It presents a mother thanking the company for rescuing her teenage boy by changing a flat tire for him. It compares her experience with two unfortunate teenage drivers, stranded with a flat tire, unable to identify a lug wrench. The message — buy our insurance because your kids cannot change a tire.