As fall fades away and the days get shorter, a new feeling fills the air. Gone are the smells and sounds of autumn. In their place we find winter. The crunch of the snow beneath the dogs' feet in the morning while the world is still asleep. My breath lingering on the air as I call them in. Snowflakes falling and making the landscape fresh and white, coating the tree branches so they shine. Jack Frost's doodles on the glass.
A Sunday afternoon at the park has turned to a Sunday afternoon on the couch. Curling up in front of the fireplace after a day on the sledding hill. Hanging the wet snowpants and gloves over the tub to dry. Eating a steaming bowl of soup and indulging in some cocoa.
As Minnesotans, we often complain about the elements. It's too cold, too snowy, too windy, dark too soon. I challenge you to take in the beauty around you. Slow down for a day and appreciate the world in which we live. Is there any better feeling than a soft blanket out of the dryer? Snuggling close to the kids and taking a nap? Catch a snowflake on your tongue. Make a snowman. Enjoy the beginning of winter, because although it seems to last forever, it will in fact been over soon.