Winter in the country is...
Just what is winter in the country?
• It’s a plume of fragant wood smoke curling up into a crisp night sky from a farmhouse.
• It’s extra work some mornings to break the ice on the stock tank so “them old cows” can get something to drink.
• It’s muddy boots left on the mat by the front door and mud on the sides of the pickup that won’t leave until spring.
• It’s a beautiful white horse turning into the north wind, standing in front of a little pink building.
• It’s bare branches along a county road, stretching up to a grey sky, all the colors muted.
• It’s a crisp, clear night out away from all the city lights where the stars look like sombody overturned a bag of diamonds onto a black cloth.
• It’s the sun going down at 5 o’clock, pitch dark by 6:15, making you think about those days in July when 8 o’clock was light enough to start an ourdoor project.
• It’s the earth gathering itself, sleeping just a bit ahead of the annual renewal of life that will come in the spring
• It’s winter in the country and it’s good.—M.B.