I like winter, I always have. The cold, crisp air is invigorating. I love the excitement of watching a storm move up the east coast, and waking up to a new coating of snow. The stark beauty of a winter landscape, the return of our migratory winged friends, and even a simple walk in the frozen woods with the dog will heighten my senses. For those of us who operate seasonal businesses and for those that are gardeners, there are other benefits. Winter signals the end of a long busy season of work. It’s a time with many industry trade shows, seminars, and flower shows to attend, at which we will further our education and reacquaint ourselves with distant colleagues. Winter affords us a chance to stop and take stock of the year and all its successes and failures, it allows us to recharge our batteries, and best of all, we get to start planning for next season’s activities.
Now, before you think the cold temperatures have frozen my brain synapses, I don’t like everything about winter. I don’t like heavy slushy snowstorms, of which we see plenty. The sight of dirty sand and soil foiled up on the roadside snow banks by snowplows is quite unsightly. And even though he is a very nice man, I don’t like seeing the oilman on such a regular basis. These images, images of the dark side of winter, these fill me with thoughts of sipping Pina Coladas somewhere on a tropical beach!
By the time late February and early March roll around, I’ll be getting sick of the cold temps and the lack of greenery. Until then, seeing old friends and family at so many holiday parties, the beautiful fluffy snows of January and February, and old man winter’s many other benefits, will be enough to lift my spirits, as anticipation builds for those first spring crocus to pop through the late winter snows. See now, even that snowy image made you smile didn’t it. Go ahead you can admit it, we know already.
How do you feel about winter? Please leave a comment below, I would love to hear your thoughts!
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