Walking In The Cold


It was minus 21 when I woke up this morning.  I rolled over and had a snooze.  But 8 other people got up, layered on their woollies and went out to walk.  I am in awe!

I’m told that cold weather forces one’s heart to work harder to pump blood around the body during a walk and that this is a good thing.  As well, it boosts your immune system (not a bad thing right now) for fighting off colds and the flu.  It’s also good for your mental health AND increases your caloric burn.  In other words, I should have been out there with them.

But my attitude is closer to the legendary Sam McGee.

“And there sat Sam, looking cool and calm in the heat of the furnace roar,

And  he wore a smile you could see a mile, and he said, “Please close the door.

It’s fine in here, but I greatly fear you’ll let in the cold and storm-

Since I left Plumtree, down in Tennessee, it’s the first time I’ve been warm.”

(with thanks to Robert Service.)

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