“Real courage is when you know you’re licked before you begin,
but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.”
(ice and snow encrusted Camilla / Julie Cook / 2017)
Remember the picture of the yard sign I shared on Friday??
That ‘Southern State of Mind’ Georgia Bulldog yard sign??
A yard sign that was quickly accumulating snow?
Well this is what it looked like once the snows ended Saturday…..
We Southerners do like our “weather.”
And we love to both fuss and cuss it….
Be it good or bad.
All kinds of weather.
We will complain about the heat.
We will lament about the humidity.
We will run and hide, with good reason, at the first sign of a tornado.
We will grumble about the lack or rain…
Just as we will grouse over its abundance.
But throw a little sleet, ice or snow our way and it’s all but
Katy bar the door..
We will get practically giddy at the first mention of anticipated snow…
As visions of serene images of Currier and Ives dance like magical
sugarplums round our anticipating heads.
Horse drawn carriages gliding effortlessly through the snow, as bells merrily jingle
while both adults and kids alike race joyously to build snowmen.
Children and teachers alike sit glued to weather reports, praying the Weatherman
will grant that ever so hoped for wish…the announcement of No School..
as everyone races for a homemade sled…mother’s favorite cookie pan….
However all of this wonderment quickly dissipates the minute the roads ice over,
the pine trees bend to the ground and snap under the heavy weight of all
the frozen precipitation…as the temperatures dip in to the teens, transformers blow
like popcorn, and the lights all go out…
as in out for days….
For suddenly there are no more fun and games as all things have
jumped to drastically frightfully serious in the twinkling of an eye…
Yet under all that frightfully messy winter…
Just like our much maligned yet prevalent Kudzu….
we remain…ever tenacious…
It’s what we do…
We might wilt a bit, panic a tad, slip slid into every ditch imaginable…
but we will always come back strong….
Just wait until April to see just who’s looking good!!!!
For the LORD your God is the one who goes with you to fight for
you against your enemies to give you victory.