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What are the gifts of winter?

Punxsutawney Phil didn’t see his shadow yesterday. If superstition has its way, winter will fade early into spring. I adore spring. It feels so good to come out, all of us little ants, into the warming sunshine.

And yet, I am definitely not ready for spring. I need more time to abide in the distinctive gifts of winter, more time to sink into its wisdom. What are those gifts? What is that wisdom?

Edith Sitwell was a British poet. For her, winter was “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, as she summarizes, “time for home.”

American painter, Andrew Wyeth, preferred winter because it enables us to “feel the bone structure of the landscape — the loneliness of it…Something waits beneath it, the whole story doesn’t show.” Don’t we need, so direly, this bold testament to the benefits of mystery and suggestion.

“Winter has a concentrated and nutty kernel, if you know where to look for it,” a jaybird told American philosopher, naturalist, and writer, Henry David Thoreau, who then told us.

What is that concentrated and nutty kernel? Where do you look for it?

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12 Ponderings
  • Anonymous

    February 3, 2019 at 8:56 pm

    For every time there is a season….. depending on the season of your life.
    Winter for me is a cherished season I love.
    Spring this year can not come quickly enough. A death can change your needs, your outlook and your perspective.
    Winter is long……..
    Spring can symbolize a new beginning, new growth, new beauty, and most importantly that nature is the perfect teacher that life changes and all creation adapts.

  • Anonymous

    February 4, 2019 at 9:22 am

    As much as I love the leaves of summer, I do appreciate what we are able to see when they aren’t clouding the view- whether city lights, rolling hill vistas… I always seem to notice something new when looking out our windows in the winter.

  • Anonymous

    February 5, 2019 at 4:05 pm

    I love you, Winter
    For the truth you bear
    In your naked branches
    Exposing earth’s raw underbelly
    Bark scathed from season’s past

    I love you, Winter
    For you are harsh, yet gentle
    Your pain is beautiful
    Your death, triumphant
    Fearless are you

    I love you, Winter
    Oh mother of spring
    Foundation of life
    Great buds you will bring
    To me in time

    I love you, Winter

  • Anonymous

    February 6, 2019 at 9:17 pm

    A gift of winter is solitude. After all the festivities of Christmas, we are given a chance to hibernate. To spend time in quiet reflection. Winter is also a time of productivity for me. If I don’t get projects completed in January and February, I am in big trouble because all the other months feel so busy. That’s sad: two months out of the year to fully call my own!

  • Anonymous

    February 7, 2019 at 7:26 am

    In winter, I can see a church steeple from my window that is otherwise obstructed by leaves. It stands there whether I can see it or not all year round. In winter I am reminded.

  • Anonymous

    February 7, 2019 at 9:05 am

    I love the winter birds! We have a red cardinal that visits every morning and sits atop our Adirondack chair! If we have a snow his red is most beautiful against the white!!! And then there are the beautiful woodpeckers with their speakled bodies and red heads- I could study them all day—- the tiny black and white chick a dees really stand out in the winter!!!
    The robins look so jolly and plump— nests are being made in corners of my house— just when we think all is still and quiet— there is much productivity going on!!!
    Right now is one of the largest bird migrations —-the Sand hill cranes- if you are lucky you will hear them coming over you in full flight and song- over 500,000 of them! Tennessee is one of their stop overs- it is a natitual phenomenon that has just been brought to my attention— we were lucky to see a flight of them a few weeks ago—-
    There is a method behind all things of nature— tapping into its wisdom and rythmn In Winter is quite spectacular!!!!

  • Anonymous

    February 7, 2019 at 9:29 am

    Fires, sweaters with holes in them, long views in the woods, slow weekend mornings with coffee

  • Anonymous

    February 8, 2019 at 1:01 pm

    Plush throw blankets
    Pot roast
    No one on the beach but me and my dogs
    Dolphins swimming by
    Thick socks

  • Anonymous

    February 8, 2019 at 10:34 pm

    I saw the Sand Hill Cranes last week but didn’t know what I was seeing! I was at the school playground and looked up and saw them in formation. I thought they looked like cranes but assumed not. I’m so glad to know they were. Thank you for sharing. The idea of migration itself is an intriguing one. Some creatures hole up this tile of year. Others travel massive distances. What about us?

  • Anonymous

    February 10, 2019 at 7:28 am

    A walk with a friend when you bundle up on a freezing day! The laughter and conversation that lets you forget how cold you are! Friendship is year round!!!!!

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