Sunday, January 01, 2006
Perspective is a wonderful thing, especially as it applies to issues of temperature.
Within the general environment, a below-zero temperature is often perceived as miserable. We pull on extra sweaters, thick coats and as much wool as we can find. Then we gripe about it to ourselves as we leave the house and share it with friends and colleagues throughout the day.
Yet we willingly open the freezers at the supermarket and pull out oversize tubs of ice cream. We smile while doing so despite the fact that said tubs of ice cream more often than not numb the tips of our fingers before we drop them into the cart and quickly head for the checkout lane. Can't let it melt, after all.
I find myself thinking of ice cream as I scan the snowy scene around my house. It puts the whole frozen thing into its proper perspective and reminds me that extreme cold isn't always the depression-driver it's cut out to be.
Your turn: What brings you comfort when the temperature dips?