From Pipi’s Pasture: It’s December when …
Even if we didn’t have a calendar, we could guess that December is just a day away, because of the happenings around us.
You know it’s December when …
• the air has a “bite” to it.
• the moon is a sight to behold on a clear night.
• the car door freezes shut.
• you have to let the car warm up before leaving for work.
• you have to use the brush to clean off the car windows in the morning.
• the first snows leave the roads extra slick.
• the cats don’t come to the front porch for breakfast at 7 a.m.
• in the morning, you find a pile of cats snuggled up on a pile of used grain sacks in the carport.
• the cats start eating breakfast in the carport instead of the front porch.
• the dog isn’t crazy about going outside in the morning.
• the cows have frost on them — especially noticeable on the black cows — and, sometimes, icicles, too.
• it’s dark by 5 p.m.
• the garden hose, used to fill stock tanks, sometimes has to be brought indoors at night.
• the snow shovel now stands waiting by the front porch.
• the cats make good use of the haystacks.
• where water can’t be heated at the corral, piles of chopped ice are growing.
• the leaves that didn’t get raked in the fall are now covered with snow; the same goes for uncleaned flower pots.
• it’s now light enough to let the dog out before 7 a.m.
• there are icy patches on pathways.
• holiday decorations light up the neighborhood.
• the UPS truck travels up and down the county road more frequently than usual.
• the grocery store ads include specials on turkey and ham.
• it’s sometimes hard to find a parking place around stores in town.
• the mail is sometimes late, and at the post office, workers are busy putting parcels in boxes.
• wreaths have been hung on neighborhood doors.
• the late afternoons are often sunny, and even though it’s cold, they’re a reminder of warmer months to come.
• we’re buying new day planners and calendars.
Time flies by and high school seniors wind down their time as graduation approaches. I’ve never encountered a graduate of our high school who doesn’t want their life to be better in some way, shape, or fashion. Things haven’t gotten any easier for young people who are surrounded daily by the pressures of an increasingly skill-specific economy and pressure-driven expectations for how their lives should be lived.