Ice Cream in the Arctic

Two little boys enjoying their first ice cream of the summer – even if summer means 8 degrees (Celsius) vs. 20 below.  What a great lesson in enjoying life for what it has to offer.  The Arctic Circle proves to be one of the unique places on earth.  The fact that over 2000 people have chosen to call this home is fascinating.  They choose to endure months of darkness, even the 3 or 4 hours a day of “daylight” can be greeted with heavy clouds and darkness.  For surviving all of that, you are rewarded with non-stop brightness for 3 or 4 months.  It conjures up images of people staying awake for days on end just to soak up the light (and Vitamin D).

But it can all be seen in the faces of these little boys, who attack their ice cream cones with same reverence and joy as we did as kids – even bundled up in their winter coats and hats.  I will think of these kids next time I complain about the pool being less than 80 degress (Fahrenheit) or my coffee going cold.

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