Some of us sit at our computers and watch the world from our windows, buttoning cardigans in response to the chilly winter view.
We gird ourselves for our small battles with Mother Nature, bundling up to trudge across the frozen expanse from office to automobile. Then we close the door, buckle up, and wait as the defroster warms up. Victorious against the elements, we may celebrate with a hot chocolate from the Dunkin’ Donuts drive-through.
Then there are those who work outside, all day, every day, season after season.
For some, it is a labor of love, particularly for those whose work brings them into contact with the natural world. The outdoor life brings them far more joy than they would ever find in a climate-controlled cubicle.
“There’s always something to look at,” said Dan Small, 53, the park ranger at Lynn Woods Reservation, who has held an indoor job for just a year and a half of his adult life. “If you work in a cubicle, you have the same view all the time, unless something changes on your computer screen. I’ve worked here for 13 years, and I just saw two barred owls, two days apart, in completely different parts of the park. I’d never seen one before. I was amazed.”
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