The last two weeks I have been encouraging you to think, participate and get involved in some initiatives. I am at it again this week.
I have already said my piece on the naming of the new Digby-Saint John ferry, but the government has just announced an opportunity for each of us to put our two cents into the pot. Perhaps you would like to check it out at www.ferries.ca/naming/
Here’s another campaign which is close to my heart. I am asking you to start thinking about a celebration that is still a ways off—National Volunteer Week, which runs April 12-18.
Soon, the Digby Area Recreation Commission will ask groups and citizens to put forward the names of people who though their commitments of time and resources have made a difference in our lives and community.
It is always heart-warming to see the reactions of the nominees when they are honored at the annual banquets, as each and every one of these folks have generously given of themselves without the thought of ever being recognized. They do what they do to make a positive impact. However, without the nominators, their work would not be given public recognition.
There are still a few weeks to think about those people who, through their support of many worthy causes, have had a positive impact. Perhaps it is a coach, a fundraiser, a committee member, or a care giver that has touched your life or your family’s in a special way. It is though…
What’s big and fun and white all over? Sledding hills!
They are a great place to fit in aerobic exercise, laughter and time with family and friends. You may plan on going for just a half hour, but you will find yourself staying the afternoon if you are dressed right.
Throw on a pair of snow pants (you are never too old to own a pair of snow pants), boots that are winter boots—fashion boots just won’t cut it—and add a warm hat, ski gloves and voila! You may feel like the marshmallow man, but you are ready to hit the hills in style. Well, maybe that’s pushing it but at least you will be warm.
Our family loves to hit the hills in winter. We have fun enjoying the small hill in our yard and the hills at the Pines golf course which are perfect for sledding.
What makes a perfect sledding hill? To me, this is a hill that is long enough to build up a fun speed, it’s steep enough that it’s a challenge to walk back up, yet not impossible while dragging a sled and possibly a child, and the bottom of the hills are free of trees, water, streets or other obstacles that may cause pain and grief.
Take the kids, grandkids or neighbours’ kids sledding this winter. The real fun is not seeing the smiles on their faces as they race down the hill. The real fun is seeing the smiles on their faces…