I am not a "winter" gal. This might come as a surprise to some, because of my incredible love for the Christmas season. (I do love a good snow on Christmas morning that makes me relive all of the super good memories of my childhood and Christmas at my Grandma and Grandpa's place with ALL of my awesome cousins.) Outside of Christmas, I do enjoy snow skiing as well, but honestly, aside from the occasional frolic on the slopes and the joys of Christmas, winter really isn't for me.
The joke has always been that there was a mismatch with the stork when I was being delivered and that I was actually supposed to be a little Jamaican gal living by the ocean versus an Ohio gal.
Despite my dislike for being cold, the gloominess that comes with winter, and the isolation that early darkness brings with it, there is something that I welcome and anticipate with a good winter snowfall and that is SILENCE.
I love the silence that comes with heavy snowfall. I love the change of pace, the slowing down of time, the peacefulness of a good snow. Everything is quiet, The roads get quiet, nature gets quiet, we snuggle into our homes and begin to nest our families into this peaceful little lulling of time. For just a moment we have nowhere to be, nothing hustling and bustling us to the next event, rushing us here and there and everywhere. The winter snow brings a quietness that I feel in my spirit, slows down the grand central station of thoughts that run through my head and just lets us "Be". For a day, for an evening... it's quiet.
There is beauty in the quietness. It's funny, you don't realize how much the hustle and bustle affects you until you are actually able to be quiet and just listen, to hear your thoughts and process them fully versus being on auto-pilot. Quietness brings rest and restoration, it brings peace and self-reflection.
A good snowfall will bring our babies home for a bowl of soup and some homemade bread will gather the peeps in the living room for a good movie and will bring them all to the table for a competitive game of cards.
As much as my spirit yearns for the beauty and the smells of springtime, I can't overlook the beauty and peacefulness that a good snowfall brings...
So, if you need me today, I will be in the kitchen, baking some cookies, prepping up some soup, enjoying my boys and my pups, enjoying the quiet (grinning) I needed a reason to be quiet... thank you, Mister Winter. (wink wink)