When I feel myself slip in to a negative attitude about something, there are several things I usually do to try to snap myself out of it as quick as possible. One such method I've used recently in regards to the never-ending-cold-and-snowy-winter weather we have been having is to focus on being thankful. For example, the other day I was doing some organizing in our
And it got me thinking...yes, this winter has been long, and cold, and snowy...but compared to Laura's account of the winter of 1880-1881, I really have it easy! So I started making a mental list of reasons why living though this winter is not as bad as living through The Long Winter...mostly to cheer myself up. And boy do I ever have a lot of things to be thankful for. I thought it might be able to help some of you look on the brighter side of this crazy winter weather as well...
So here we go! 5 reasons why this winter is not as bad as...
1) This winter is not as bad as The Long Winter because I have not woken up to a bed with a layer of snow or ice on top of the quilt. Several times in the book Laura tells of waking up in the morning and having a quilt stiff with ice over her. Or even snow when the tar paper gets ripped off the roof from the wind. Thankfully our house is nice and toasty warm!
2) This winter is not as bad as The Long Winter because school is still happening. In the book the weather was so cold and snowy, and there was so little heating fuel, everyday became a snow day. They just closed the school. So as many snow days as people have had around here, it's not as many as the Long Winter.
3) This winter is not as bad as The Long Winter because I had chicken for dinner last night. In the book the town was basically out of food by Christmas. No trains could make it to the town to drop off supplies for the stores. The Ingalls family survived on potatoes and bread. And toward spring the just had bread...bread made from wheat they ground themselves in a coffee grinder. By hand. No matter how cold and snowy it gets, the fully stocked grocery store is just a few minutes drive from our house. And I am VERY thankful for that.
4) This winter is not as bad as The Long Winter because I don't have to twist straw into sticks to keep my house warm. When the coal ran out, the Ingalls family used straw to heat their house. Pa and Laura twisted it into "straw sticks" to help it burn better. I'm so thankful for the invention of gas heating!
5) This winter is not as bad as The Long Winter because we have indoor plumbing. Need I say more?! No matter how cold and snowy it gets outside, and no matter how long it lasts, I don't have to go outside to use the bathroom.
One of the very last chapters in the book is titled...
So, if Laura and her family can make it through The Long Winter,
we can too!
Spring is on it's way.
Just a bit more winter and then we will really enjoy and appreciate Spring!