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Waiting for spring

Hannie Wolf
Albion, Neb.

When the Sandhill cranes and the robins return from the south can spring be far behind? For me that time can’t be soon enough.

While this winter was not nearly as harsh as the one last year the icy sidewalks and streets kept me close to home. After some weeks I began to suffer from cabin fever, an ailment akin to a physical illness.

Not that I lacked for something to keep me occupied. I could have spent the time cleaning my closets and cupboards. Instead I spent the days sitting in my easy chair, reading the latest novels, listening to classical music. I didn’t feel a bit guilty because I have always been told that it’s important to keep our minds busy. We often hear the saying, “If you don’t use it you lose it.” At this stage of my life I certainly can’t afford to lose my mind.

This brings me to a subject seldom mentioned. Some animals may be wiser than human beings. A classic example are bears. With the exception of polar bears, the other species spent the long winter months hibernating. I have decided next year I will do the same. I’ll buy a new mattress, curl up in bed and sleep until the song of birds awakens me.