Winter and I go back a long ways. Sixteen years, to be exact. I've always been extremely fond of winter, although I'm not exactly sure why. It is cold--bitterly so, these past few years--dull, and dark. People press their noses up against window panes, seeing the mist gather on the cool glass as they long for the warmth of summer, breezes that smell of flowers and dirt, and the sun beating down overhead. But it is not so with me. The thought of chilly days, wood smoke in the air, fire crackling in the stove, large sweaters, books read by gas heaters, and mugs of chai tea has always appealed to me, and once the days turn cold, I don slippers, turtle-necks, huge knit sweaters, sling my camera around my neck and settle down to crocheting, answering letters from dear friends, reading and perfecting my "Manual" photography skills.
Everyone has different seasons of life. Over, over, and over. When all is going well, it is Spring. As the days start to speed up and get a little more hectic and stressed, the Summer of our lives makes an appearance. Fall brings a slightly less busy schedule, and the calm before the storms of Winter. Perhaps it doesn't repeat itself in that pattern, but everyone--at every time in their lives, is at a different season.
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven. --Ecclesiastes 3:1 KJV
I don't know what season I'm at, exactly. I think mostly just at the season of contentment and simply living. Enjoying the snow, enjoying the sunshine. Making the most of the everyday little things that in simple ways impact us, and bring special memories.
I'm very fond of you, Winter. You bring cold that nips my nose, cups of hot-chocolate, the urge to sing in the frosty air, windows kissed with frost, laughter and the season of giving. Today is the first day of "official" winter, and I must say, I'm glad. I hope you are here to stay awhile.
Happy First Day of Winter, friends!
p.s. So, today, the world ends. It has been a pleasure knowing y'all. Okay. Got that off my mind.
p.s.s. Make yourselves a cup of hot cocoa. It'll be the last ever! ;)