Drip drip drip. This is what I have been listening to for several days now. It’s cold, rainy and dark; a perfect environment for Edward Cullum. I was considering hibernation this winter, but Stephen won’t let me. Instead, I am dragging my butt to the gym and I am paying back my debt from eating too much in December. Good thing I started a new job this month or I might be tempted to take off to some warm climate like Hawaii or maybe Mexico.
When my kids were little, I remember coming to the month of January wanting to pull my hair out climb the walls. Literally, my husband and I tried to find a way to build a rock wall in the garage so we could do something fun. Unfortunately, we never could figure out how to do this, so instead he installed swings from the ceiling in the garage to give the girls some form of activity that did not require rain boots and five layers of clothing.
But I would like to remind you of some of the excellent opportunities that await us in January. First, January 24th is Opposite Day. How fun is that? Along with Sponge Bob Square Pants, we have an opportunity to celebrate a day of whimsical opposites. How about a little meatloaf for breakfast?
In addition, January just happens to be National Soup Month, National Oatmeal Month and National Tea Month. Personally I think it should be National go to Hawaii Month too. Maybe it should be National Curse Celebrate the Cold Weather Month, well….unless you live in a warm climate. What ideas do you have for January? Celebrate Anti-Depressants Month??
Ok Ok, I do have some nice things to say about January. It’s a good month to read a good book and a good month to have candlelight dinners. It’s a good month to ski in the Northwest and I do love skiing. It’s a good month to do some deep cleaning too…ok…I am stretching it now.
All in all, January defines the middle of winter. Religiously it shows up every year and presents me with the opportunity to practice creativity in finding fun activities to do while it rains in the Northwest. Oh January….I love how you teach me patience.
I found this quote by Jean-Paul Sartre, “To read a poem in January is as lovely as to go for a walk in June.”
So…lets read a poem….
Bare branches of each tree
on this chilly January morn
look so cold so forlorn.
Gray skies dip ever so low
left from yesterday’s dusting of snow.
Yet in the heart of each tree
waiting for each who wait to see
new life as warm sun and breeze will blow,
like magic, unlock springs sap to flow,
buds, new leaves, then blooms with grow.
By Nelda Hatmann January Morn
Love the poem, but I will be honest, I would rather go for a walk in June.
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