Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

February at forty degrees February 15, 2018

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IN SNOW TINGED with dirt, a curled brown maple leaf lies, a remnant of autumn lingering in this month of February.

Above, the sun flares against a blue sky bordered by bare branches.

Below, laundry hangs on the line. Drying at forty degrees.

I delight in it all—heat of the sun, fence line shadowed on a dwindling snow pack, ice melt dripping from gutters, long johns on clothesline, interior kitchen door flung open. All hold the hope of spring in a Minnesota winter that seems always too cold, too snowy, too long.

© Copyright 2018 Audrey Kletscher Helbling

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18 Responses to “February at forty degrees”

  1. Beth Ann Says:

    Those spring like days are such a breath of fresh air to the soul, aren’t they? We had a break in the rain and the sun came out yesterday for a good part of the day. Granted our winter has not been like yours but we have had way more winter weather than I like. Happy Spring is Coming Day!

    • For your area, yes, you have faced a challenging winter. But, hey, March is almost here which means Spring is, too. Yeah. The temp is back to its normal winter cold. But we had that one-day break and the sun still shines brightly.

  2. I love that you hang laundry in 40 degrees!

  3. Lynne King Says:

    Yes….yesterday seemed like a teaser compared to today. We are thankful for the teasers. Today is very cold, white-out conditions and light snow. So ready for spring! My mom also hung the laundry out, way before the neighbors dared!

  4. Yesterday was a beautiful day. Sounds like you made some productive use of it. It’s looking rather grey and gloomy out today.

  5. Valerie Says:

    Very poetic! I did turn down the heat and opened my windows yesterday to let some of the fresh air in and let the sneezes out!
    I did not hang out laundry however. Good for you!

  6. Sheri Eichhorn Says:

    What a beautiful description of what I think most of us are feeling! The leaf in the snow is a very poignant reminder that the season will change and we with them. But, I think we are all ready for the changes that spring will bring.

  7. Jackie Says:

    40 and sunshine, in February… cant beat that.


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