Where’d You Grow Wednesday?

February 8, 2012

I’ve grown angry there is NO SNOW!!!

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It’s true.

I have spent the last few days cursing the brown lawns in Minnesota. I shoot evil glances at the pathetic piles that claim to be snow, and then kick big blocks of ice in frustration. (not an activity I would recommend)

I know…I know….I should be glad there has only been one day with below-zero temperatures.

(small pom-pom wave…yay)

I lie and tell people I’m thrilled I didn’t have to shovel the driveway one time after my husband had ACL reconstruction December 7th.  NOT ONE TIME!!

(pom-poms…yay)

The deal was sealed for me when I got all adventurous last week and I took my friend (a new transplant from Raleigh) to the St. Paul Winter Carnival.  I had hoped to show her some cool ice and snow sculptures, while we froze our butts off (like true Minnesotans!)

It was in the mid-thirties and this is what we saw:

A melting polar bear with piles of snow penguins

Thinning ice blocks (these plexi-glass photos were barely staying in)

To make the scene even more pathetic, the lone lunchtime musician  had one fan (his mom)…and we quickly walked by in embarassment. The trees, that are donated each year to add some color to the normally white landscape, were leaning haphazardly against the fences because there was no snow to put them in.

I didn’t want my St. Paul Winter Carnival experience to be like that!

Winter is almost done, and we haven’t even really had winter. That stinks!

It stinks because part of why we love calling Minnesota home is because we can claim we endure great hardship. It is a badge of honor to say that we managed to walk from building to car in below 50 degrees. Now, how the heck am I going to seek consolation from those people I convince to feel sorry for me, if it is consistently 35?

I haven’t gone cross-country skiing yet (and they have lights on the trails this year!) The kids have been on the outdoor rinks only a couple times (and the warming house has new heaters!) I don’t want the outdoor rinks to close… IN FEBRUARY…but how can anyone justify trying to get them going again when March is just around the corner?

Then to add insult to injury. COLORADO GOT DUMPED ON!!

All my little Colorado friends couldn’t post quite enough about the big snowstorm coming…the lines of people in the grocery store stocking up for the snowpocolypse…the crazy ways cars were stuck and spinning and then just staying home because everything was cancelled and no one could get out.

SHOW OFFS!!

I am using this blogspace as therapy for me this week. I am going to do an exercise right now to help me to move to a better place…and out of this tense frustration. Thanks for humoring me 🙂

I am going to post a couple beautiful pictures of the snow in Colorado. Courtesy of my friend, Kathy Newcomb.

I will attempt to write through this ugliness with a poem:

Camp Elim in Woodland Park, Colorado

Winter is beautiful…

or so I’ve heard.

Snow lays like blankets…

now that’s absurd.

The white echoes silence.

I sortof recollect.

Potential for happiness,

Not if I disconnect

 

 

Okay, so it didn’t totally work. If there is anything that saves my sanity right now, it is the fact that I can see what winter looks like through the lenses of my friends.

Hopefully next week I’ll grow more than thorns!!

Happy Growing, everyone!

Where’d You Grow Wednesday posts each week, and if you do something, write something, take a picture of something that grows you in some way, I’d love to hear about it.  Send your links, pictures and stories to choosingtogrow@meaganfrank.com

Copyright 2012 Choosing to Grow                                     Meagan Frank

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where’d You Grow Wednesday?

January 25, 2012

Goldy Gopher- Mascot for the University of Minnesota

This week…I grew to understand what it is to live in Gopher Nation…as an immigrant.

Most of you know that I am a transplant to the midwest. I was born, raised, educated, married and blessed with our first two children…in Colorado.

I am still learning what it means to call Minnesota home.

As part of my efforts to fully appreciate some of the best parts of this state, I take advantage of any opportunity I have to do something that is uniquely Minnesotan.

This past week I had a chance to attend two separate sporting events at the University of Minnesota.  Big Sprout and I went to the men’s hockey game against Colorado College (my alma mater).

And then on Saturday I took all three sprouts to meet some friends who had a daughter competing in gymnastics for the University of Michigan.

University of Minnesota and University of Michigan Gymnastics Teams

Going to events at a university that size was a new experience altogether. Over the course of my life, I have been to a few big hockey games at Denver University, and I saw a handful of college football games at the University of Colorado and the Air Force Academy, but I have never considered myself a part of a University Nation.

This past weekend changed me. I came to appreciate the fanfare, the hype, the enthusiasm, and the sense of belonging that comes with being one of thousands of people donning the same colors and cheering the same cheer.

It took an immersion in Gopher Nation to gain a better appreciation for the community that represents Minnesota so well.

What I grew to know about Minnesota this week.

I learned that Minnesota hockey fans… are an incredibly savvy bunch.  I’ve known people in Minnesota know hockey, but compared to the rule-learning fans often seen at a hockey game in Colorado…the Minnesotans KNOW their hockey. (even if they don’t fully appreciate a screaming Tiger fan who watches her team score a winning goal with just 36 seconds left in the game!)

What I know about Minnesota through gymnastics: Gymnasts are more talented and flexible than I will EVER be. Actually, for that matter, there are a lot of talented people who spend their time as students, musicians, athletes, and even mascots at the U.

It is an incredibly cool place to attend sporting events, and I would venture to guess it is an incredibly cool place to go to school too. I haven’t bought any maroon and gold yet…but you know how I feel about those growing experiences. 🙂

Do you have any stories to share about how you grew this week? Do you know you’ll be doing something cool this upcoming week?  Take your camera…take a picture…send me a link and I would love to share how you are growing too.

Copyright 2012 Meagan Frank                           Choosing to Grow

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