I like this quote from a Japanese priest named Shunryu Suzuki:
Today should be a Zen kind of day because finally, after 13 days of the routine being interrupted or just thrown out the window, the snow situation has relented enough to allow the kids to return to school and thus, to a semblance of the familiar patterns of life. It will take concentration for sure, because we succumbed wholeheartedly to the spirit of winter hibernation. We stayed indoors most of time, slowed down, gained weight and slept a lot. Unlike most hibernating animals, we did do a lot of reading, of watching movies and tv, and playing of games. On the whole, it was a pleasant, quiet time punctuated by occasional outbursts of normal sibling rivalry, just so I'd know everyone was still alive. I ran and exercised quite a bit, in spite of the uncooperative conditions, but I ate enough and lowered my basal metabolic rate enough to completely offset my efforts and still gained weight. Oh well, that's what springtime is for.
“Zen is not some kind of excitement, but concentration on our usual everyday routine.”
I did take the kids sledding yesterday to celebrate the last day of the break and we had a great time. I got a nice accidental head-butt to the cheekbone from Evan as we tandem-rode over a big bump and actually caught some air, but so far it is not bruising too badly. If it does and you see me with a big shiner, you'll be reminded that being 43 is no reason to give up on playing in the snow.
And so we move on, gingerly navigating around in the mountain range of giant snow piles on every corner and learning a new set of manners as we pull over to let our neighbors drive through the one-lane roads. The snow is softer now, and the icicles are dripping and breaking, but it really is kind of nice to have a true winter landscape for a while. We'll always remember the Blizzards of 2010.