Back ♥ Home = happy place (physically & mentally)
Bridges = help us get there
Seriously. It’s not even February and I am already sick of winter.
It seems wherever I’m living on God’s Green Earth… it is encased in ice, snow and freezing temperatures 5 months out of the year.
I will admit winter’s first snowfall is magical… beautiful… I even welcome it.
The morning I wake-up and see everything covered in a blanket of pure pristine snow, is as exciting as it was when I was a kid.
But the older I get, the faster my tolerance for these long winters fades.
I’ve come to think of Winter as Cousin Eddie from Family Vacation.
You know, that annoying relative (you love & hate) that comes to visit every year.
You’re actually glad to see him when he first arrives. He’s kind of fun and exciting… a refreshing change of pace from your day to day routine.
When you’re a kid, Cousin Eddie is the Best! You can’t wait til he arrives and you can get out there and play with him. Sometimes you wish he could even stay longer cause he’s just so much fun.
And then the older you get, the less enchanting Cousin Eddie’s visits become.
He’s nice at first…but then he quickly gets on your nerves.
He seems to make Everything harder.
Having Cousin Eddie around changes your whole lifestyle. You have to bundle-up, clean off the car, scrape it off, heat it up, shovel, buy bags of ice-melt, and spend your life savings on the heating bill instead of a vacation to Hawaii.
Suddenly you’re taking your life into your hands just driving to the store to buy a tube of toothpaste. A simple stroll down to your mailbox, requires you to dress as if you were setting out to reach the Summit of Mount Everest.
Some days Cousin Eddie’s presence is so obtrusive, he’ll even makes it impossible for you to leave the house.
He’s supposed to leave by March….but NOOOOOO…. Eddie just can’t seem to pack-up and go that easily. He delays his departure a few weeks and before you know it… he’s still hanging around in April. And then it seems like, just as quickly as he arrives… he’s gone.
One day you realize Cousin Eddie left. WOOHOO!!
Then you panic and worry for a moment that he might return….
but no, it’s good…
he is G.O.N.E.!!
Or at least until his next visit.
Whew, what a relief. Your life returns back to an easy breezy lifestyle. Birds are singing, flowers are blooming and the warm air never smelled so fresh and sweet.
After a couple months Cousin Eddie seems like a distant memory. And you’ve forgotten how awful and annoying he was. You just remember his good points… after all, he is a refreshing change.
Here’s some Bridges to help you during Cousin Eddie’s visit this winter:
Eddie is 100x more annoying if you’re sick. So, eat well, get rest and remind everyone in the house about the importance of good handwashing!
Eddie doesn’t need to run the show, or ruin your day. Remember you’re in charge of what you do and how you feel.
Eddie’s not leaving for a while so try to make the best out of it. Learn to do things with him like; skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, ice skating, etc…
Get Cozy…Drink Hot Toddies in front of a roaring fire!
Have A Party
Invite some friends over to meet Eddie. You can plan a fun party on one of the special days during his visit: Super Bowl Sunday, Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter. Have plenty of great food and drink, play some great music… Everyone loves a party!!
Before you know it, Cousin Eddie will be gone!
And next year when Cousin Eddie shows up on your doorstep, he’ll be looking pretty good and you may even decide to bundle up and go out and play with him for a while.
What are some bridges you use to tolerate Cousin Eddie’s visit???