Before I walked out of the house this morning I realized I’d forgotten to start my car, which was covered with a light coating of frost. So, I had to start the car and wait for it to thaw out.
After having so many months of warm weather, it’s hard getting back into the swing of how to Winter. Yes, I did use that as a verb.
Winter is not only a season, but it is also a state of mind, and a very specific mode of action. There’s light as the sun is rising later, and setting earlier. It’s a completely different way of being.
There is a whole different protocol for dressing, and for survival. It requires warmer clothing and footwear, as well as a whole extra set of outer garments. You also need what feels like a truckload of extra equipment. If you don’t have windshield scrapers, a shovel, and a winter survival kit just for your car, you aren’t prepared. That’s not to mention shovels, ice choppers, snow blowers etc. that you need for your house.
There are some people who do can enjoy Winter with relish and an enthusiasm not unlike that of a kid in a candy store. There are others, like me, who watch Winter approach with dread and much trepidation. I don’t enjoy the struggle and survive factor.
Why do I live where the precipitation can bury me, and the air hurts my face?
This is home.
And, the cold keeps most poisonous and venomous creatures away, which is an unarguable benefit.
While I definitely have designs on living somewhere warmer in my retirement, I’m content to stick it out a while longer to stay close to family and friends. My favorite mantra is: Spring is coming, Spring is coming, Spring is coming…
Today the weather will be back up to 60, and most of the snow is gone from our early snowstorm. But, it’s time to get prepared, and be ready to Winter again.
Here’s hoping you all have a smooth transition getting back into the swing of whatever seasonal changes you have coming. Blessings all!