"You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation.

You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it."
Dr. Adrian Rogers 1931-2005
Showing posts with label reflection. Show all posts
Showing posts with label reflection. Show all posts

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Snowy Saturday




Well not really. This is the season that this former Ohio girl misses snow. Living in the desert southwest is a daily vacation filled with views that still take my breath away, but once in awhile I do miss the snowstorms of my childhood.

When I first moved west in the summer of '88, I remember thinking that the desert has much more color than I believed. Now I know that is true. I often hum in the evening as the sun sets behind the mountains and they appear purple(purple mountains majesty), and laugh when I see the types of bugs.

But as quick as my longing for childhood memories arrive they disappear, as I know that we all bring our past with us. We all take a bit of every experience that has made us who we are to the present. My mother's family is part German and I see that in my cooking. As we put the Christmas tree up, I see snow drifts, and sleds, and ice skates, and really remember the Blizzard of '78...and all the gear that went with it-hats, mittens, boots, scarves, rosy cheeks, and near frozen toes.

As my longing comes and goes, I realize that the first photo is like having snow, without the hazards of driving that comes with it. I wonder what the first settlers must have thought when they moved to this region of New Mexico? They must have rubbed their eyes in shock seeing what appeared to be snow in the desert, and combined their memories of snow, to this new environment! Instead of lacking, the snow and sand melded...at least for those who may never really experience snow. Perhaps one wonders what I mean? It is the desert, the children must sit inside longing for a cool day to go out and play(not).


As you can see the children of the desert suffer immensely, and miss out on the true purpose of sleds. Oh and instead of having to come inside to warm up and have hot cocoa, the kids have to come under a sunshade and drink water-sunblock is a necessity!


Here is one of my sons(Third) trying out a new move...

So as I momentarily longed for something of my childhood, I quickly came back to the present. My memories are lovely to visit, and helped build the character that I have, but my children will have memories of this life. Fortunately the past and the present blur when White Sands National Monument is at your back door!

For all of you enjoying *real* snow this weekend, I pray that you take the time to really enjoy it, and in return I will take my sandals off and wiggle my toes in the sand[of the warm beaches that you are thinking of].
Jennifer


{the photos were all taken at the White Sands National Monument}