not hating

December 3, 2009 at 5:00 am 1 comment

It’s winter here now.

I sure have loved the way this year’s seasons have played out. The summer was really long. We were still swimming in the river in late September. Yes! And fall was long too, mostly sunny, not too cold. Even Halloween, usually the most frigid night of the year, was relatively balmy. Long summer and fall mean a shorter winter, I hope.

Yesterday I tortured myself by looking at some pictures of a friend’s birthday party, celebrated in Santa Cruz, my home town. They lounged outside! In November! In shirtsleeves! There was lush vegetation filling the background. Things were actually growing, not half dead and dormant. So it was tough today when I took the garbage out and the icy cold air, that immediately penetrated my sweater, let me know that winter had officially arrived. Nevertheless I’ve decided to embrace it, and love it, or, at least… not hate it.

And what did I find? Beauty of course.

This is where I live. It is not Santa Cruz, it is not lush, it is almost an alpine dessert, and it will have it’s own unique brand of beauty. It’s about time I love it unconditionally, meaning, even when it is winter.

The girls, on the other hand, figure if it is sunny then it must be warm, and they dress appropriately for all seasons, except winter.

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Ivy  |  December 3, 2009 at 8:05 am

    I am working to remember that there is beauty if you are willing to look for it. When I am in a bad mood and sure there is none anywhere then of course I cannot find the beauty. Good for you for being open to seeing the beauty even in the midst of the dreaded winter.


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