No matter how hard I try, winter is the one season I have a hard time embracing. I see animals struggle to stay cold (heck! anyone dependent on Russia’s non-flowing natural gas supply right now is struggling to do the same), the trees look like forlorn statues on hold, and breath turns into form the moment you step outdoors.
Winter, someone once told me, is the Earth sleeping. Having just watched a TV report about the coldest inhabited place on Earth (in Eastern Russia – where else?), I realize what wonders winter brings – slowness. You can’t drive fast on icy roads. In fact, just the other day I had to inform my client that I would be late, something I hate to do. “Icy Roads – will be there 30 minutes later”. His response? “Drive safely. See you soon!”
Just like that. Winter brings us a slower pace of life, the coziness of nighttime fires, and a hot cup of tea.
Thank you, winter. I won’t question you again…or at least until we part ways and I wonder how the other half of the world is doing as you creep closer to its side of space and time…