|A Wooly "Teddy" Bear Caterpillar|
The other day Mary and I were out for a ride looking at fall colors and came across some Wooly caterpillars crossing the road. It never fails that Mary wants to stop and predict what the winter will be like based on the brown bands that mark the caterpillar. Mary actually picks the caterpillar up; she hates things like that. Maybe it should really be called the Wooly "Teddy" Bear caterpillar.
|Isabella Tiger Moth|
After researching the the Wooly Bear I discovered that we have been doing it all wrong. We thought that the number of brown rings actually predicted the number of months that our winter will have, and remarkably the little fellow has been accurate because we have always had months of winter. (Yes, yes I did get my "UH-DUH" patch in boy scouts). We ALWAYS get months of winter so yes this little guy is very accurate.
|4 1/2 months of harsh winter?|
Well, after inspecting the photographs that we took I came to the realization that winter really is coming, it is going to be exactly what the Lord sends, and there is not much we can do about it. There is an honest to goodness beauty to winter, even if it is cold and there is a lot of snow to shovel, what a gigantic blessing to be here to experience it. I know people that can't seem to enjoy any season of the year because of failure to see the miracle of waking up everyday and just being alive. I understand people have "seasons" in their lives that are not so wonderful, but hang on, change is coming. Life is not about stuff and money it is about loving God and other people. Winter is on the way, so enjoy it.
|What does this mean? Know what it is?|