Whether we choose to be affected by the weather depends a great deal on where we glean our perspectives. Reality shows bring us life in Alaska or the desert or the ocean. Many of us never get to go far from home and so the day to day drudgery of winter wears on those of us in the northeast. I watch the weather forecast tell me that we are in for 8-12 inches of snow by morning and my joints tell me it is coming before it even drops a flake.
It begins at first as a fine mist almost rain like and then the white dots begin to appear. It is fine droplets at first and then picks up in intensity and begins to blanket the ground with a fresh outlook. Hour by hour goes by and I see outside my window the areas where my flowers bloomed covered in total white. Knowing we are probably not going to get to work tomorrow I watch as my family gets out the snow machines in anticipation of fun rides on the mountains nearby.
As I get older I recall all the fun times I got out and did the very same things, snow angels, preparing for a fun day off to play in the snow and barely sleeping in anticipation of flying across the fields with the wind and cold. Now my arthritic hands don’t work very well and my bones tell me it is time to watch from the window as my grandchildren do those very same things I used to do. When they ask me to join them I fear going out and breaking something instead of havng the bravado of not caring and come what may.
So whether you choose to participate in the weather at large or watch from afar, life’s perspectives change over time and circumstances. My heart says I am still twenty but my body says “oh no you are not!”
Little boys have a way of rebelling the norm when forced to go with Mom or Gram to the store. My grandson is no different. He had been exposed to a day of shopping and when we hit a big store with large shopping carts he decided he wanted to ride the bottom of the cart and inspect the world from below. He rode the entire store and had quite the worms eye view. He had great fun watching peoples reactions, and even once he grabbed his mother’s ankle and made her jump. He giggled all the way to the car. Even at the checkout he watched the people go by and would say “bye” to them just to watch their reactions to him.
Curiosity, imagination and ingenuity are what bring about change and many great ideas come from the minds of those not afraid to step outside their comfort zones and try something different. Some people will try things multiple times until they get their ideas to work. So the next time you see odd behavior, think about my grandson who did not think it odd at all to glide across the floor of a big warehouse on the bottom of a shopping cart. He just may one day be the inventor that brings us great things.
Life would be dull without a few oddball moments. Humor helps us all to enjoy the things in life that are mundane. It is so much better to be involved in your teenagers life and pay attention to the things they are doing. A great parent knows the types of music, friends, activities their teen is involved in and helps them to sort out the good from the not so good for them. I must have raised my children right because they are the type of parents who care and are involved. Showing he is paying attention is my son-in law as he signs along with our granddaughter as she takes a selfie.
I applaud your odd-ball behavior and say way to go Dad.