January 2024 Back Page – Winter Sounds

Posted: January 3, 2024

The squeak and creek of cold snow underfoot on the step outside the door highlights the difference in temperature between outside and in. The cold probes between layers of clothing as you collect things for your journey.  Crisp, cold air transports the murmur of a distant conversation and the rattle of a restless dog’s collar to your ear, as if they were right beside you.

Out in the country the gargled flute and pop of the Raven’s song lifts your head, pulling you away from your travelling thoughts; bringing you the present of presence.  Ears and eyes wide, you take in your surroundings and remember there is so much to be grateful for.

Overnight the temperature has warmed and the heavy falling snow blankets what is audible, reducing sounds to the crunch of your boots and the force of your breath; and when you are still, to the sizzling static of snowflakes glancing off your parka and settling all around.  It is time to move.  Folks will be wondering where you are and the trail is filling in.  It is good to have a place to go to and people that care.

The stomping of boots and brushing of snow announces your arrival, alleviating the anticipation of those within before you reach the door.  The door scrapes open and a blast of warmth and friendship welcomes you inside.

Happy New Year! May you enjoy and bring joy to the people around you.

Until Next Time,

Bill Stamm