the picnic ©️ 2019 kerri sherwood
we are waiting patiently. after all, this is wisconsin. snow is a part of our climate. our average annual snowfall total is just over 36″. we have a long way to go to achieve that.
it snowed in november but didn’t really stay around. it dusted snow a few days ago. and that’s really it. for two people who love to hike in the woods as a quiet snow falls, this is not exactly our cup of tea. we didn’t even have a white christmas. i’m thinking of asking for my money back; this is not the winter i anticipated.
now, there are plenty of people here who are perfectly content without snow. it’s hard to imagine why they would prefer cold grey days to sky-blue-brilliant sun reflected off of snowcover. i lust over every photo My Girl posts, not just because of those colorado mountains in her pictures, but the snow is spectacular and necessary – regulating the surface temperature of the earth, protecting root systems, melting to help water tables and avoid drought. this is the point where i am not mentioning all the research i just did for the last hour about snowfall and our earth and climate change. it’s painful.
anyway….i know it isn’t convenient. i know if you must move around in it, it can be dangerous. i know it’s a lot of work. but, i’m really thinking it’s about time for a good-old-fashioned blizzard.
snow on the lakefront ©️ 2016 kerri sherwood & david robinson
WE live here. on this beautiful planet earth. we have inherited it from those before us and we will pass it on to those who live beyond us. it is our responsibility to leave it as-good-as or better than we received it. (my sweet momma’s teaching…in all things.)
OUR. responsibility. we cannot just take; we must give back. and, as in all things, the things we learn must be applied, even if it’s hard, even if it’s inconvenient, even if it costs us, even if it won’t directly benefit us but will, alas, benefit those beyond us; our work, our diligence, our values, our dedication, our respect will transcend us.
the first thing The Girl did the morning before she drove back to the high mountains was to put her personal stamp on her new vehicle IVY. she planned carefully where to place the two stickers on the far back passenger side window. the POW sticker – protect our winters – a cause she believes in. on their site, “Outdoor sports is a way for the public to understand the consequences of climate change, and what we stand to gain by stopping it, or lose by failing to. We all need winter.”
it’s bracing. the changes OUR beloved planet is experiencing. the changes in weather, the changes in resources, the changes, ultimately, in the way we will each live – all around the world. the questions of being able to grow ample food supply, have enough clean water, and sustain this – what is, by sheer comparison – tiny planet in the vastness of space.
i stood in the living room of the historic mining house My Girl lives in right in the middle of telluride, colorado and saw this poster on the wall. each of the renters in this house, directly or indirectly, depends on the health of the outdoors in these high mountains for their livelihood. who among us does not truly – when you trace all things back to their source – depend on the health of OUR environment? NO SIDES IN CLIMATE.
everything we do or don’t do will affect this good earth. who is it that said, “you don’t know what you have till you lose it”? we take for granted that for which we should have the simplest and deepest of gratitude.
OUR earth. were it not here, where would WE live? how would SIDES matter?