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Saturday, December 10, 2005

A Look At Winter Emotions

O Winter! ruler of the inverted year, . . . I crown thee king of intimate delights, Fireside enjoyments, home-born happiness, And all the comforts that the lowly roof Of undisturb'd Retirement, and the hours Of long uninterrupted evening, know.

William Cowper (1731 - 1800), Task (bk. IV, l. 120)


The sheer, almost childlike happiness of “holiday” break, Christmas presents, and well spent snow days


The warmth of friends, family, and good food-

Of a roaring fireplace, hot cocoa, a thick afghan and a good book while the rest of the house sleeps through a December blizzard


The profound peace you feel as you peer out from your window early in the evening, when it is neither night, nor day, nor a combination of the two, but a time unique to itself. A blue light emanates from the snow, coating all of creation in its cool hue. It is a time of deep reflection as your thoughts hold conference with the snow banks.


There is not a name I know for this emotion. It is as close to satisfaction as anything, but it is not satisfaction. It is also somewhat like pride, but it is not pride. It is the feeling I feel as I look at rows of houses lit up bravely against the winter sky, sheltering its occupants. It is how I feel as I walk along a freshly cleared sidewalk, shopping for Christmas presents for my family or see a bus expertly steered around a slippery corner. It is how I feel when I pour hot water for cocoa or listen to Bach on the radio late at night. It is the knowledge of men laboring with their God-given intelligence to forge an existence from the Earth; doing the best they can to provide for themselves and their family, and of brilliant, courageous men fueling the machines of progress and creating a civilization.


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