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Parts of the world, including the U.S., have been shivering in a deep freeze lately. Yeah, I know those of you Down Under are trapped in a miserable heat wave. (Too bad we can't find a happy medium, huh?) It hasn't been too bad here in Georgia yet, but it's been plenty cold enough for me. (I didn't see a single person in shorts and flip-flops at the grocery store the other day!) No snow here, either, but some of you have snow up to your... well... LOTS of snow. The Super Bowl will be coming to town in a couple of weeks. Let's hope Mother Nature doesn't decide to toss a monkey wrench into the works by staging an ice storm like she did the last time the Super Bowl was held here.
Back to Calvin's tiny miracle of nature. Snowflakes really are beautiful, aren't they? Especially those big fat wet ones. How odd that some people have co-opted the word in an attempt to use it to disparage and vilify people with beliefs that don't mesh with their own. Really? Snowflake? That's the worst they've got...? Never mind. Their intention is bad enough, but it doesn't faze me, because nothing anyone says can detract from the beauty of a snowflake, and if you think about it, we're all kinda like snowflakes. Supposedly, there are no two snowflakes alike, and that's true for people, too. We're all unique and beautiful in our own way. Kinda like winter butterflies. (Okay, okay, so butterflies don't pile up on the ground and have to be cleared away with shovels and plows... but you know what I mean. We're all beautiful like butterflies. Sheesh.)
I'm not saying I like snow. Or winter.
But snow's beautiful. To look at. Preferably in pictures.
And snowflakes? A snowflake is one of God's most fragile creations, but look what they can do when they stick together. [unknown origin] And that's true, whether you're talking about those big wet beautiful flakes floating through the air or the flesh-and-blood activists attempting to fight injustices.
Okay, enough of that. I have no intention of dipping my toes into political waters. Let's move on to find a few giggles in these cartoons:
This last cartoon is more appropriate in our neck of the woods. (And I'm okay if it stays that way!)
I'm not the only one who doesn't wax nostalgic about the joys of shoveling snow. Lot of people prefer more moderate temperatures. Like Dave Barry, who said, The problem with winter sports is that, follow me closely here, they generally take place in winter.
Of course, some people... and animals... LOVE winter and winter sports...
How about YOU? Do you like cold weather and snow, or do you prefer heat and sunshine? (Or are you more like me, and prefer something in the middle... picky, picky, picky...)
Until next time, take care of yourselves. And each other.