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Just Outside My Door

November 21, 2013
Elaine Cole , Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

I sit to write on Nov. 13 and the thermometer says it's 31 degrees. The sun is shining, all signs of snow are gone and the leaves in our yard have departed until spring. Saturday is the first day of deer hunting season and I'm sure the hunters are hoping there will be some snow for tracking on that day.

One thing for sure is that I'll hear gun shots bright and early that morning. Since we have woods just behind our house, I'll stay inside that day so hunters won't think I'm a deer! However, one day soon I won't be able to resist going outside, down through the woodland to the valley and creek below.

I'll spend some time there listening to the gurgling creek that is rushing along trying to reach its destination before it is silenced by the snow and ice. I won't feel the wind for it passes high above the valley. If it's not too cold I might spend time reading a book, if not I'll still stay for a while hoping to catch a glimpse of wild life, whether chipmunk, squirrel, a raccoon, or deer, but not a bear.

As the season progresses and the snow drifts over the bank - it's too deep to trek through - but it's a beautiful sight. However, in recent years, we have not often seen that deep white stuff in winter, but I recall that when our kids were growing up we often saw it. I vividly remember how our youngest son once made an igloo on that bank and got a candle to give light in it.

Speaking of playing in the snow, I wonder how many kids today enjoy that activity or would they rather play inside on all the many games and such that are available these days on the computer and Internet? I believe it is important for youth to spend time in outdoor entertainment because it is good for them to use their ingenuity instead of always being entertained by mechanical means.

It's also good for them to work and to help others in need. It's a parent's job to teach and train them in those areas, most importantly by example. There are too many youth and adults that have the attitude that the world owes them a living. That is not true. God's word says ,"Those who do not work, shall not eat." ( My interpretation).



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