It’s still another Winter weary day as we trudge off to work, school or wherever. Even the expectation of a few “balmy” days ahead do nothing to buoy our spirits, and I suspect that even the Winter sports enthusiasts will quit saying “bring it on” about the snow going forward. Here in Michigan, we got a little boost before this latest round of snow when our very own Meryl Davis and Charlie White, who train at Arctic Ice in Canton, brought home the gold in ice dancing at Sochi. We’ll boast about their spectacular feat for a long time since it was not only a personal best for them, but the first time the U.S. has won gold in ice dancing competition. I’ve watched video clips of the pair’s exquisite skating performance and was left breathless; their graceful moves seem effortless, and they are so deserving of the prize after 17 years of skating together. It seems the Olympics have been going on forever, though it is only Day 11, and now there are but a handful of days until the closing ceremony on Sunday. At that point Winter will lose its pizazz permanently as we all retreat to our mundane muddling through the rest of the season. While our Winter may be for the birds, one clever bird, has created his own bobsled event. This is no birdbrain folks. While his resourceful performance may not have the ooh and ahh appeal of the speeding bullet of a bobsleigh and its occupant as it careens around the icy, serpentine-like tunnel track in death defying moves, this little video will give you a much-needed giggle and get you through our snowy day: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JpRca_qmc8s
Live in each season as it passes;
breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit,
and resign yourself to the influence of the earth.
~~~Henry David Thoreau, from “Walden”