Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow two weeks ago; as a result, we’ll be suffering through another month of winter (if you give credence to the combination of rodents and meteorology, that is). Another 30 days or so of bitter cold, snow, ice, and leaving for work in the dark of night only to return in the same. With everything else going on in the world, it would be easy to get down on the weather, too, but...
There is reason for optimism; while we haven’t gotten by completely unscathed, many other industries and professions have been hit much more by pandemic-induced shortages and hardships. We, on the other hand, are still able to procure tropical rays in the form of avocadoes from the Dominican Republic, graffiti eggplant from Spain, ginger from Peru, herbs from Columbia and Israel, kiwi from Greece, melons from Brazil and Guatemala and pineapple from Costa Rico… just a few items from a wide assortment of produce from an equally large number of exotic locales.
So, the next time a scrawny little rascal informs you that you’ll be enduring another round of inclement weather, simply lean back, take a sip of your fruit-adorned, island-infused cocktail and tell the little fellow to crawl back into his hole… you’ve got a whole boatload of sunshine coming your way!