Saturday, December 28, 2013
'Tis the time of the after-Christmas doldrums. The tree is still up, but the baby who delighted in its lights has gone home. The gifts are unwrapped; the cookies are eaten. The mail no longer comes with packages and cards bearing news of friends and family. The days are still short; winter has just started. The holiday has come and gone and I blinked and missed much of it.
It's easy for me, during this time of short days, to fall into a listless state. I dislike getting up before the sun, but my work schedule just doesn't seem to allow for my starting at 9:30. I also don't care to work past sunset, but they don't seem to want me to leave at 4:15. (what's with these people?)
I feel ungainly; those cookies didn't go far when I ate them - they seem to have firmly attached themselves to my hips. I'm not exercising as much - the cold, snow and wind conspire to keep me inside.
All of which makes me extra grateful for days like these past two - the sun has been out, we've had a temporary respite from the cold. I was able to get out and exercise and breathe deeply of the warm air. (it doesn't take a lot of days spent below freezing for a temp in the mid-40's to seem heavenly warm...)
As I was out walking today, I was caught anew in the beauty of the leafless trees. Without their cover of green, I can better see the lines of the branches as they reach for the light. I can see the scars marking limbs sacrificed to passing storms.
And if I look closely, I can see tight buds on branch-tips waiting for the sure arrival of spring. For though it seems far away now in the midst of winter's dark, these doldrums, too, shall pass.