Saturday, January 29, 2011

Winter Meditations


There is a slight etch of snow on the limbs of the trees surrounding our home. The winter light is diffused by an incoming storm. This is the calm.

A few weeks ago I commented to Mark that our winter had been mild. Warm sunny days. A little snow painted the landscape; more like water color than oil paint. Now the brush strokes of winter are bolder, colder. Winter can be hard. Snow banks get sculpted by snow plows. Little arms and legs turn to putty when introduced to snow pants and jackets. The slightest outside chore can seem overwhelming when the temperature reads minus 10.

Every season has its moments of quiet. Spring brings small moments of wonder as the first sprouts appear from the soil. Summer brings the quiet satisfaction at the end of a good day of work. Autumn brings grander moments of awe as the landscape bursts into the beauty of change and decay. And winter has its quiet hibernation where the silence is punctuated by the sounds of seed catalog pages turning, spoons scraping the bottom of soup bowls, the click of knitting needles.

2 comments:

Stephanie K. said...

Meditation indeed! That last line was pure poetry. I would add to it the rumble and crumble of a fire in the woodstove. Winter IS hard. But it's beautiful in its restfulness (that is, after the walkway has been shovelled, the driveway ploughed, the wood brought in, the chickens' water/ice chipped away!) Thanks for this beautiful piece of writing.

The Yellow Door Paperie said...

"arms and legs turn to putty." So true.

I've always wanted to snow shoe... I'm jealous.