I Simply Remember
Well, it’s snowing again. We good people of the Northeast are being pelted by Winter Storm Maximus, and apparently Winter Storm Nika is close on his heels.
This means slushy streets and trash that sits on the sidewalk for days. It means cold fingers, cold toes, cold faces, wet socks….
I recently read a statistic that approximately 44% of women get the winter blues (men, you’re at 33%). So I’m in good company in finding day after day of gloomy gray sky to be a little depressing. Even my mom said to me this weekend “Winter is not your time. It never has been.”
So I thought that today I would try to lighten the mood by listing some things that I DO like, and maybe even love, about winter. Like Maria says, “and then I don’t feel so bad.” We shall see.
For your consideration, a few of my favorite (wintry) things:
1. Snow. Though this one also falls in things I don’t like about winter, falling snow is still a beautiful novelty to me. It just doesn’t happen down South folks. I love the way that the tiny individual flakes accumulate into this white mantle that covers the ground- the whole greater than the sum of its parts. And I love the quiet that snow brings, rounding the sharp edges of sight and sound.
2. Storms. While I would never be excited about damage to a person or property, storms are exhilarating to me. My old roommate and I share a love of extreme weather situations, and the round the clock coverage that comes along with them. I love reading winter storm warnings and watching a blizzard roll in on radar maps.
3. The Word “Blizzard.” Well, it’s also a delicious dessert from Dairy Queen. And it makes me think of Yetis and huge forests and far-off lands.
4. Blankets and All Things Cuddly. I heart some fleece pajamas, though I have yet to own a footed onesie. And I love falling asleep burrowed under the covers, under layers and layers of warmth. Also, slipper socks. Enough said.
5. Frosty New Friends. I have no idea why, but with the weather as such a hot topic, I think people are friendlier. I know I am- I’ve struck up multiple conversations with strangers about how cold it is, whether the trains will be affected, how slippery and dangerous black ice can be, and the like. As someone who often feels at a loss for ready topics, I appreciate having the bitter cold as a shared concern.
6. Hot Beverages. Hardly a treat at this point, hot chocolate and hot cider are just a necessity to get by. And they always feel festive to me.
7. Coolness Equality. When it is 18 degrees outside and the sidewalk is a death trap, nobody is cool anymore. We all look like that little kid from A Christmas Story, trying not to fall over as we slip and slide down the street in our boots and our hats, our puffy coats and our mittens. Everyone on the same social playing field, all with the goal of “Please don’t let me wipe out on this sidewalk right now.”
8. Anonymity. A couple of days, it has been so cold that I literally have wrapped a scarf around my head up to my eyeballs. There is something so freeing about being able to see other people without feeling seen yourself. Well, freeing or creepy.
9. DOGS IN SWEATERS AND BOOTIES.
Yes, I think that’ll do.