Sunday, January 30, 2011
How to Survive Winter
OK, so listen.
I know you're tired of the snow. We're all tired of the snow. It's been snowing since Halloween, right?
But you must get a grip, because my calendar says Jan. 30, and this means that we have more snow on the way.
So put your boots on. The coat that makes you look like a beach ball. The hat that everyone laughs at. Your gloves, if you can find them. (Did you lose your gloves again? Honest to goodness ...)
Now go for a walk. Yes, I know, the sidewalks aren't clear. Go someplace, then, where the sidewalks are clear, and take a little walk. Not five minutes, but maybe 10. Twenty if you're feeling ambitious. Look up in the trees. Notice the architecture, the bare branches. Count how many little bird nests you see. Isn't it cute when you see them topped with snow, like little cupcakes in the trees?
Walk around until, as one friend says, your thighs freeze. If your thighs are anything like mine, this will not be an instantaneous process. Walk around till your little rabbit brain -- the one making lists of all the things you have to do -- shuts up for a while. Walk around till you stop mentally arguing with that obnoxious person in your life. Just notice the snow. All that snow.
Perhaps a thought will cross your mind, as you're beginning to see a kind of frigid beauty in it all. You'll remember how, on one of the warmest days last summer, when the sun was peeling the paint off your car, you had the thought, "The seeming permanence of this is all an illusion, because winter is waiting in the wings. It's there, taking one step onto this stage every day, and soon enough I'll be wishing I were this warm."
So it is today. It's Jan. 30. We have two more months -- TWO MONTHS! -- of winter left, for god's sake!
And yet there, in the wings, you see the toe of spring taking its first steps on stage.
Now you may go inside, my friend, and make yourself some soup.