An elderly woman had carved out a comfortable existence for herself on a modest farm in the bucolic countryside of Canada, where she resided just a stone’s throw away from the border with North Dakota. For as long as anybody could remember, the piece of land that she considered to be her home had been in the epicenter of a disagreement between the United States of America and Canada. The widow was getting on in years, and she decided to share her farm with her beloved son and her three rambunctious grandkids.
When her son came into the room, he was holding a letter that had some significant information. He started by saying, “Mom, I’ve received some news that’s going to change things around here. I hope you’re ready for it.” He said this with a hint of both enthusiasm and anxiety. An understanding has been struck between the federal government and the people of North Dakota at long last. They came to the conclusion that our territory, namely our farm, should be a part of the United States of America. However, here’s the catch, Mom: we have the option to either agree with or disagree with the terms of this agreement. Therefore, I was wondering what your opinion was on the matter.
The elderly woman did not show the slightest sign of reluctance. She smiled at her kid and asked, “What do you think? ” as she gazed at him with a glint in her eye. Put your name down! Make the call to them straight away and let them know that we accept! If I had to go through another one of those Canadian winters, I don’t think I could stand it!
The elderly woman had used her experience to make a decision that not only altered the path that their farm would take in the future, but also provided her family with comfort and relief. It was a decision that would herald in a new chapter in their life, one in which they would welcome the gentler winters of North Dakota and abandon the brutal winters of Canada.
And so, with the stroke of a pen and a sincere acceptance, the family welcomed a future in which the seasons would vary, but their bond and the love that they shared on their farm close to the border would remain constant and unchangeable.