Appreciating Our Four Seasons

| 3/24/2011 9:06:19 AM

A while back one of my father’s friends, John Boone, was telling me that his adult children had decided to move back to Canada from Los Angeles. When I asked him why his response struck a chord with me. He said it was “the absence of seasons.” They couldn’t deal with having warm, sunny weather all the time.

Living as I do where “winter” means “snow and cold,” I have come to really appreciate the uniqueness of each of our seasons. By about this time of year (March) I have to admit that living in Arizona or Florida or somewhere warm starts to sound pretty good. But then I remember how hot summers in those areas area and where air conditioning is pretty essential and I don’t think I could do it.

 Christmas is the time of year when I really appreciate living in a northern climate. When I see movies with people celebrating Christmas in warm climates I find it depressing. Christmas is all about the snow and cold and sitting by the fire and skating on the pond. This is how I was raised and I don’t think I could ever get away from that.

family skating

Gardening is another thing. Even though I love to garden, I don’t think I’d want to do it year round. By the fall, I’m really sick of gardening. In fact every fall I say “That’s it, next summer I’m putting most of the garden in clover and I’m growing two tomato plants, that’s it!” In January seed catalogs start to arrive, in February I’m starting to crave the color “green”, and in March as it starts to warm up and the sun gets stronger, I can’t wait to get back in the garden. Last fall I was ready to give up gardening and now in mid-March we’ve decided to open a vegetable stand in Tamworth on Saturdays to sell our produce, and I’m just itching to get out in the soil.

It was kind of depressing the other day because even though we’ve been having warm sunny days and the snow’s been melting, it snowed again. It was wet snow and it didn’t last long, but it sure isn’t gardening weather yet.


I really feel part of nature living in the woods as we do. Getting out on warm spring days I’m just itching to burst into the growing season. I have pent up energy that I started to store last fall, and that sat dormant all winter. That’s what I love about winter and heating with wood, because it’s kept me busy and burning calories and not getting too fat and lazy. But once I can work the soil again the days start getting really long and I’ll be sleeping even better as I fall into bed exhausted every night.

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