Friday, January 27, 2012
Hello, down there....
It always amazes me how those wacky fish and frogs manage to survive under that ice--even with the heater to create an air hole. It just all seems so..... you know.....cold. Brrrrrr.
It's a weird world in winter--one that I can't imagine those who live in warmer climates year round would understand. When the cold and snow come, the outside world sort of shuts down. We all hunker in our homes and toast our cold bones by fireplaces or just the glow of the TV. We don't see much of our neighbors (thank god) and it's like the world is hibernating.
When you live as close together as we do, winter is a good thing--we all need a break from the annoyances of each other. We don't hear radios blaring music we don't like. We don't hear squealing tires or loud motorcycles. There are no lawn mowers or leaf blowers. Heck, I don't even smell my neighbors cigarette smoke in my family room during winter months. It's all quiet--gloriously quiet. And neighbor free.
I imagine that is what it is like for my fish friends as they swim around under the ice. It's probably quiet and dark, sounds muffled and no annoying visitors like the raccoon or opossum to eat you. Oh, they still come to drink water by the heater, but there isn't much fishing going on during winter. Apparently opossum are not big ice fishermen.
I think we all need this time of respite--even the fish. It's good to just slow down, relax, and ignore the world for a bit. It's stressful that big 'ole world, you know. So, while everyone is trash-talking the snow and the ice, I'm sorta glad for the time off.
Hibernation is underrated.