My good friend Chuck sent this email a few months ago...right around our first or second snow storm...
On the sixth day, God turned to the Archangel Gabriel, and said, "Today, I am going to create a land called Minnesota. It will be a land of outstanding natural beauty; a land of 10,000 beautiful lakes, each one full of fish. It shall have tall majestic pines, peacefully flowing rivers, landscapes full of buffalo, tall grasses, and eagles. It will be a land of beautiful blue skies, forests full of bear, elk and moose; and there will be rich farmland."
God continued, "I shall make the land rich in resources so as to make the inhabitants prosper and they shall be known as a most friendly people on earth, people who practice being 'Minnesota Nice' every day."
"But Lord," asked Gabriel, "don't you think you are being too generous to these Minnesotans?"
"Not really," replied God. "Just wait and see the winters I am going to give them."
(and I will post something on a more personal level real soon!)