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“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.
~ Edith Sitwell
Yesterday was the longest night of the year: December 21, the winter solstice. Now, almost imperceptibly, like the hands that mark the hour on a clock, the days begin to lengthen once more. Suddenly, I will notice that it’s 7:00 pm and the sun is shining through a window that only sees direct sunlight in the spring and summer months. That is one of my favourite moments. No matter what home I’ve lived in, I’ve always watched for the sun shining through that window; the window that tells me spring has almost come.
Spring has always been my favourite season. In the city, it is hard to remember just how magical it is. But if you are out in the country, watching spring arrive is one of the most incredible experiences. Still, I appreciate every season for different reasons, and living in the north, one gets to witness the incredible range of temperatures and landscapes that share and transform the same terrain.
There is something special about the winter solstice; a time when the darkness of our surroundings can bring out the light within us, our imaginations.
We light candles and fireplaces, we illuminate our homes with Christmas lights, and turn on the warm glow of our lamps. The moon brightens the nights.
On the longest night of all, the magic and the mystery of the darkness arrive with the promise of longer days to come. It is a hopeful time, a time when we realize we might as well embrace the darkness, and cozy up into the comfort of our homes, for there is no changing the seasons.
Soon, the days will lengthen, and our activities and energies will reflect that cycle.
But now it is the start of winter. The landscape outside my window today looks colourless and gray. Behind those clouds though is a bright blue sky that will shine at another hour.
I will play in the backyard with my son this afternoon, and we will enjoy some fresh air together. I will embrace the holidays, the time with loved ones – and the changing seasons of life will comfort me like the return of an old friend.
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