Yesterday was the first day with a temperature above freezing in 2 or 3 months. Not only that, but it was also 40 DEGREES! 40! The rise in temperature made me want to lie right down in the snow and soak it all in. Well, not literally, but I did sit outside on the Miller steps for quite a long time, talking on the phone, but also just observing life going on around me and smiling at the sunshine.
I’ve noticed that peoples’ moods tend to change with the weather. When it’s cold and windy outside, we walk around with our shoulders raised to our ears, our hands in our pockets, and our heads perpetually concentrated on our feet. We are less likely to say hi to people or smile when it’s cold – we are too focused on our destination, that is, getting to warmth. When it’s warm, we walk around with open arms, smiles on our faces, basically ready to break into a verse of The Sound of Music and twirl about gleefully. It’s actually just a biological thing – we are naturally more closed off in cold weather and our bodies are on the defense – against illness but sometimes also against other people. However, as I’ve blogged about in the past, the winter here isn’t all that bad, especially since Colby tends to make the most out of it.
Don’t believe me? Okay, let’s get real for a second. I admit that by this date in time, March 5, 2015, I am not particularly peppy about the winter weather. Nonetheless, I view winter as a sort of exciting and sometimes difficult adventure that we all embark on together. The adventure brings us closer and forces us to bond, especially when the not-so-fun-times come and we’re all stuck in it together. By the end of it, we’re rewarded for making it through with warm sunshine at last.
There is a quote that goes,
I learned a lot about falling in love when I fell out of love.
I learned a lot about being a friend when I was alone.
Likewise, we learn a lot about loving nature and the world we live in when we experience the extreme cold. Opposites teach us. We can only understand the word “up” in relation to the word “down.” The same is true for black and white, tall and short, big and small, far and near. Without experiencing sadness, happiness would never feel so magical.
What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness?