CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Winter sits around on his hands and paces, for he knows that once fall is gone, he has much work to do.
Unlike fall, he is not fast nor is he multicolored: He's white, cold and blows bitter wind. Blanketing areas is his forte, as well as skipping others. Seems as if he can't make up his mind whether to deluge us with snow and ice or just to use one or the other.
When winter is in his fury, you know full well what to expect and so many times are caught off-guard. That's his plan -- to catch us and watch us scramble for warmth and heat sources, not to mention attempting to get in our cars in order to travel, if that's possible.
The freezing temperatures winter brings affect us in oh so many ways. We bundle up, raise the temperature setting on the thermostat or build a fire in the fireplace. Heavy clothes are put on, and underneath we wear many layers.
When we hear his forecast, we all rush to grocery stores like maniacs fearing that not one single item will be left there -- we must rush and buy things, even things we don't need. Stockpiling, it's called, and fear of being trapped inside our homes is commonplace.
We have a feeling that winter smirks as we act the part of the fool, but for us it's innate -- it's called survival.
Trees, shrubbery and some plants welcome winter: It's their time to hibernate. Time to hibernate for a lot of Earth's creatures as well, for they need sleep.