Am I just too old?

I remember a few years ago when I first started to think about writing a blog. I was somewhat hesitant to start because I didn’t think I had anything worth saying. After much contemplation, however, I thought I would give it a try. After all, I had read many books that didn’t quite reach the level of quality I thought necessary for publication. If some authors were brave enough to deposit their work in the public domain for others to read, why shouldn’t I blog. Deciding on a handle for my blog wasn’t hard at all. I was in my mid-sixties at the time, and I had undergone a health challenge that many folks I knew didn’t survive. Old and blessed just seemed to fit.

If you follow my blog, you know I live in the state of Arkansas, United States. We have nice springs, hot summers, nice falls, and short winters that often don’t provide an opportunity to wear heavy, movement-restricting outerwear. Although I’m not qualified to offer a scientific opinion, I do think our winters have gotten a lot warmer since I was a kid. I distinctly remember wearing heavy jackets and coats in October and having them readily available for use through the middle of March. My grandfather had a rule: Don’t take off your long handles (underwear with long legs and sleeves) until the first of April.

As a kid, I welcomed with joy the snow days of winter. A good snow-day, with six inches of the white stuff meant no school and the opportunity to play outside. The warmth of the inside couldn’t hold me back from going out to frolic with wild abandon. I always applied my undeveloped skills at sculpting a snowman. He never looked that good, but the joy of playing in the snow was the point, after all.

Now, let’s move forward to February in Arkansas 2021. Today is Wednesday February 17 and it’s been snowing since Sunday night, except for the sunny day we had yesterday. Although the day was sunny, the temperature remained frigid, not allowing for any significant melting of the powder that had fallen before. It’s common in Arkansas for snow to fall one day and be gone the next, after being exposed to some of that good Arkansas winter sunshine. That hasn’t been the case this week though. It started snowing again last night, and it’s still snowing all day. The stuff is covering everything, and it’s forecasted to keep coming right on through midnight.

View from our back deck over the fence, across the creek

Unlike when I was a kid, I’ve been secured in the house praying that our electric utility company won’t have to start rolling blackouts. Arkansas just isn’t equipped to deal with this type of weather for extended periods. Neither I nor my dog wants to venture outside. I’ve noticed my neighbor’s kids just across the creek in back of us have been enjoying this strange weather anomaly. I think they enjoy the benefits of wild abandonment in a winter’s wonderland. What a difference a few score make. I think I really am too old to enjoy this winter’s blanket. I prefer the electric one we have stored somewhere. I hope I won’t need to look for it.

View from front window of yard and street

Old and blessed…hope you will be too.

7 thoughts on “Am I just too old?

  1. JLem February 17, 2021 / 10:45 pm

    Oldandblessed… nice short story. Since I’ve been following you, I think this is most current story I have read of yours. Just like picking up a daily media short. Thanx for sharing.

    JLem

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    • oldandblessed February 17, 2021 / 10:56 pm

      I intentionally keep them at no more than 500 to 600 hundred words. They seem to work well that way. Thanks for reading…

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  2. Felicia February 18, 2021 / 2:52 am

    Stay warm!

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  3. Linda Lee/Lady Quixote February 18, 2021 / 12:48 pm

    This brought back good memories of my childhood snow days in Missouri, six decades ago.

    Most of our snow here in eastern New Mexico melted yesterday. Now I’m dealing with the dogs’ muddy feet when they come back inside. Yaay.

    We’ve had just one blackout so far. It happened around 6:30 a.m. Tuesday morning. We were awakened by the alarm on my husband’s oxygen concentrator going off. (He has mild COPD.)

    Thankfully, the electricity came back on, 35 minutes later. My heart aches for all the people without electricity, especially in Texas.

    I enjoyed reading this. You’re definitely not too old to write!

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    • oldandblessed February 18, 2021 / 1:25 pm

      Thanks for taking the time to read my ramblings. Your state holds a certain appeal for me. My wife and I have been talking about taking a road trip to Santa Fe a some point when all this pandemic stuff has subsided.

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      • Linda Lee/Lady Quixote February 18, 2021 / 5:03 pm

        If you do, I hope you will drive up to Taos, NM, too. Taos is almost magical. But watch out for falling cows! Seriously! Depending on which route you take between Santa Fe and Taos, you will drive through a mountainous area with free range cattle. There are official highway signs, similar to the signs that warn of falling boulders. Only these have a picture of an upside down and falling cow instead of a boulder.

        The first time I saw those signs, I laughed. Then we went around a sharp curve on the narrow two lane highway, and the road was full of cows!. Looked like an entire herd. We didn’t see any fall, thankfully.

        The last time we drove to Taos we saw a big black bear on the way up and a magnificent elk on the way back. Taos has wonderful shops and art galleries and museums. i love Taos!

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