When it snows it pours at home and abroad
The Winter Olympics closed on Sunday, Feb. 23, in Sochi, Russia, where lots of snow was needed and expected. Most of us watched them by television in places where we did not expect so much snow.
Our area has been a picturesque "Winter Wonderland" with more snow than we have had in a long time. Believe it or not, I have enjoyed every snowfall. I like to watch it from the kitchen table with a cup of hot chocolate. I get excited about the first snow of each new winter season and wish for just one more after we have had our last one.
Our few warmer days have assisted some plants in making a green appearance by the first week of March. When summer begins, June 21, we will have had some days so hot that we will wonder how it could ever have been so cold.
Summer is the growing season of life. Spring is the time for preparing for growth and sowing the seeds of reproduction. When Kitty and I lived in the heart of Illinois, for 25 years we would watch with excitement as the farmers on those flat lands of the "Golden Prairie" would plow their fields, hundreds and even thousands of acres, put down the proper fertilizers and the seeds for what they hoped would be a tremendous harvest.
By July 4, the corn would be on its way to being "as high as an elephant's eye." The days would be so hot that you could almost hear the corn growing.
By early fall, when the corn had been harvested, the largest trucks I had ever seen would line up for as much as a mile to deliver their corn to the processing plants. The same was true of "soy beans." My first two years in Decatur, I would wonder where that awful odor in the air was coming from. When I found out it was from the major crops of Illinois, in "the Land of Lincoln," the products that drove our economy, it became a welcomed perfume instead of an unwanted odor. Corn and soybeans were to central Illinois what coal, water and timber are to West Virginia.
Another thing I learned very quickly is that there "is no noise in Illinois." Pronounce it as "Illinoi" not as "Illinoiz." We moved to that delightful city of 94,000 on a hot Aug. 1, 1964.
Millikin University was a star in the city, beautiful campus, terrific students and tremendous professors. Decatur had two television stations, two radio stations and three newspapers.
We moved from there to Scott Depot on a cold day, below zero and lots of snow. We have had an abundance of snow this winter, but I have enjoyed every day of it. Good friends and neighbors offer degrees of warmth in the cold seasons. If you have new neighbors, they probably moved from a place they miss. Be to them the new friend they need.
Bill Ellis can be reached at P.O. Box 345, Scott Depot, WV 25560; phone 304-757-6089.
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