Have you heard of spring cleaning? Well, I want to do some winter cleaning. Frigid temperatures, chilling blasts of air and gray skies have brought on this urge. A look at the calendar gave me hope – spring is only a few weeks away!
I realize that there are two first days of spring. One is the calendar spring, March 20th this year; it is also known as the spring equinox, the date when the lengths of night and day are equal. The second one is the date it really gets warm enough around here in northern Indiana to discard winter clothes, start planting flowers and pull out the porch furniture. I have decided to focus on the first date and even possibly hasten its coming by behaving as if spring’s arrival in March is a guaranteed event. I started with my closet. For some reason I felt like it would boost my spirits, as if getting rid of heavy clothes signals winter that it is time to move on and make room for spring. If there are only a few weeks of this crazy weather left, then I am going to go through my closet and discard winter clothes that I have not worn this season. I have my favorites and then there are others I have accumulated over the years. Taking a serious look at what I own and don’t wear has been cathartic, and I already have one basket full of clothes ready for Goodwill or a local women’s shelter.
The forecast predicts snow tomorrow; I’m fine with that. In the meantime I will lighten my closets, glance at the flower catalogs, turn up the lights in the house, and cyber-plan imaginary trips to tropical destinations. By looking at winter for what it is, a time of rest in preparation for growth, I can improve my attitude about the whipping my spirits have taken lately. I don’t drink but I am seriously thinking about pouring myself a glass of grape juice and stacking a little umbrella in it to see if that also gets me going.
I am determined to enjoy what is left of winter the best way I know how and consider it preparation for what will be a glorious spring and summer.
How are you handling winter? Do you enjoy cold weather?