There are those who hate winter. They hate the cold, the ice and snow, the layers of clothing, the slip-sliding to work and/or school, and so on and so on and so on. From the first snow flake until they can finally put on their tennis shoes again, they comment on how much they long for spring. There is no enjoyment to be found in winter for those folks.
Then there are the snow bunnies. They love skiing and skating and sledding. They own full snowmobile suits and warm Gore Tex boots and so many mittens and scarves and hats. And unless it's a full out blizzard, you can find these people walking and jogging as per their normal lifestyle.
I used to hate winter. But then I learned to accept it and have since come to really enjoy it. I was never a snow bunny; but for the past 2 years, my chronic back problems have kept me from being any kind of active winter rodent, although I do try to walk outside a little each week. But I have really embraced the semi-hibernation that I take on in winter. I lead a busy, tiring life where I'm "on call" to bosses or children most of the time. Aging has mercifully shown me that I should never feel guilty for doing nothing and totally enjoying it! There's an old Portugese saying that goes something like this: "It's wonderful to do nothing .... and rest afterwards".
Yes, much of my enjoyment of winter is in the sense of time slowing down because of the weather, the very reason many people don't like winter! But didn't God tell us: "To every thing there is a season ...." Ecclesiastes 3:1 And just like the bulbs under the soil in my front garden, at this age I need a winter! Here are some of the reasons that I love winter.
- While I'm at work and taxing this already overfilled brain, I love the anticipation of rest in the evening. I think about my favorite TV programs or the book I'm reading; I think about my comfy slippers and plan whether it'll be cocoa w/ a dollop of whipped cream or lemon ginger tea with a smidge of honey. Emmmmm! Enjoyment!
- By Thursday, I'm enjoying the anticipation of the coming weekend. I could take an early morning walk on Sat and have coffee afterwards; or I could cook a big breckie and do my usual NY Times crossword. I can't help but smile when I think of a snow-filled day doing nothing other than what strikes my fancy -- and that could change on a dime!
- Winter enjoyment involves a warm house and soups, warm beverages, throws, books, good TV shows or the movie channel mixed in with the occasional craft.
- During winter, my house is better organized; the mending gets done, there's no ironing pile in the corner, and I know where to find all those little recipe clippings.
- In winter, I call family and friends more often.
- And I "hear" my body better and am much more introspective.
I love the other three seasons just as much as I love winter: they are each quite unique in many of the things they offer. But here in NS, those 3 seasons are my "active" months -- better weather means lots of great things to do and people who want to do them with you.
Yes --I'm really happy that I've found so many reasons to love winter.