Lynn K. Cooper: Why I love January

Published: 1/22/2020 12:15:00 PM

December has come and gone and we find ourselves in January, a quiet and cold month except for the occasional thaw and periodic snowstorm.

After the holidays I can breathe a sigh of relief. I do celebrate and enjoy the times with family and friends during festive December, but relish the peace and quiet of the first month of the year. Why, might you ask? Here is a list of reasons that January and its cold has a grip on me.

1. There aren’t any big religious holidays in January so there is less shopping. This limits buying gifts and large quantities of food.

2. People lay low and settle in for the winter; think cozy on the couch, book in hand with a cup of tea or cocoa, or else watching a good show on Netflix or Amazon.

3. I can ski my brains out this month and the next and no one will care or complain.

4. No lawn to mow and no weeds to pull.

5. Winter is quiet. Limited events are planned because of snow and ice. There are no barbecues on the terrace or in the park since weather impacts or curtails all plans.

6. If it’s a snow day the kids stay home. Eureka!

7. When a major snow day arrives and the mailman makes it to my rural mailbox I smile and am thrilled. It makes schlepping out to the mailbox worthwhile. Contact with the outside world is important sometimes.

8. Fewer people want to visit or stop in if you live in the Hilltowns and would rather meet you somewhere in downtown Hamp.

9. When you let the dog out before bed on a cold night it won’t linger and comes back quickly when called.

10. The sun is getting brighter and the days are getting longer. In two more months we will all be saying that spring is just around the corner.

The lure of being toasty with the woodstove cranked, the couch continues to beckon. Everything is asleep outside. Quiet, winter nights inside I cocoon to gather my thoughts and slow down. Time seems less hectic with fewer pulls. I wish this peace and quiet would last. Maybe I could wrap myself up in it like a warm blanket and not budge long enough until the warmth and light of spring opens its eyes. I’ll try.

Lynn Cooper

Westhampton




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