It’s now Saturday morning, although it feels like Sunday due to yesterday’s snow day. The wind started howling with a vengeance last night, and it is continuing, unabated, this morning. We are grateful to be tucked up in our home, warm and safe, with power and lights and good food and tons of entertainment.
I couldn’t help but wonder, as I looked at the blizzard raging outside this morning, how the pioneers did it. I read all the Laura Ingalls Wilder books multiple times, but The Long Winter was never one of my favorites. It was so dark, and it was hard to read about all the difficulties they faced with the incessant blizzards. I can’t imagine how frightening and desperate it must have felt to Ma Ingalls, knowing they were slowly starving to death, all the while doing nothing every day but trying to keep their house warm enough to survive until spring.
All in all, as big as this blizzard is, when you compare to what our forebears had to endure, we really do have it very easy! I am grateful to live in a time–and place–of such luxury that a historic blizzard such as this is so easily tolerable.
Stay safe, stay warm, stay inside, and stay smart.
And, as always, live Aloha!