As winter lingers on and snow continues to fall, we all seem to share a common hatred of Nebraska winters. As a transplant from sunny California, I get it. I mean, freezing one’s face off isn’t my idea of a good time, either.

Some of these below-zero wind chill days can be downright painful on the eyeballs. And the threat of taking a tumble on the ice sometimes freezes me in my tracks, pun totally intended.

But to state the obvious, this IS Nebraska. Snow and cold is in the contract. And for all the complaining and whining, as merited as it may seem at times, the song remains the same. So what to do? Suck it up, buttercup.

So much in life regarding situations beyond our control can be mitigated by a cheerful — or at least conceding — predisposition.

It is what it is, and it’s not going to go away anytime soon. So why dread it? It’s time to look for the silver lining beneath the white blanket of ice and snow.

For kids, there’s sledding. Just look at the happy faces on those children on the cover of this week’s Hastings Tribune. They’re freezing, too, but they’re not letting it get in the way of their play. A fast ride downhill is a thrill worth the chill.

And, of course, there are other forms of snow play, also: Building a snowman; tossing snowballs; ice fishing; sticking one’s tongue to a flag pole. OK, I don’t recommend that last one.

And what about all the “cool” clothes you get to break out to protect you from Jack Frost’s painful teeth?

Admit it, getting the opportunity to sport those designer coats, scarves, gloves, and snow boots provides a welcome change of habit to the same old-fashion routine.

I sincerely doubt anyone misses the mosquitos, flies, rodents and other pests that will inevitably resurface once the mercury begins to climb. Aesthetically speaking, just look at it: Snow flocked trees, icicles, and frosted rooftops. It’s still a sight, even for sore (frozen) eyes.

And yeah, I hate shoveling, too. If you haven’t got a snowblower, you can always find someone to do it for you, stimulating the local economy in the process.

Or be that guy or gal and make a few bucks doing the deed. And sure, it’s no fun to drive in, but staying home opens a whole can of opportunities for family time.

Board games, hot chocolate, baking cookies and other fun food preparation projects are but a few ways we can stop and smell the proverbial roses that so often get lost in the shuffle of day-to-day life.

Even if you wouldn’t choose it, the frosty air and icy conditions needn’t be viewed as a curse to be dreaded.

Life is far too short to wish away winter months dreaming of sun-soaked springs and summers.

It’s time to bundle up and seize the freeze.


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