I think my shoulders are finally detaching from my ears. Fifty degrees and the disappearance of last week’s bone-chilling wind could not have come too soon.
I’m amazed at how different my attitude is now that I’ve actually had some warm, fresh air. The world feels open instead of hunched into a ball. I can leave my house without hours of preparation.
Yesterday we hiked in the woods behind our house to get to the park instead of walking along the sidewalk. Then we walked some more to meet a friend who recently moved nearby and walked back to the park. It was glorious. Even though I was sicker this week than I’ve been all winter and feel most of the day like my sinuses are blinking “drain me or I’ll explode,” after some time outside, the pain disappears, and my mood is vastly improved. The addiction to run to the computer is quelled, and I see remember how funny my son is.
Last week I went to a library story time featuring authors from Solar Publishing. After the reading, I bought their CD Earth Day Everyday, which is now on heavy rotation in our house. The vocals sing the praises of the sun, which I have come to appreciate these past days of thaw.
I don’t even care if I see the shiny yellow ball in blue skies as long as its beams somehow hit the DC area the way they are supposed to. I moved away from the Midwest to avoid the kind of cold, cutting winters we’ve been seeing glimpses of here recently. I know there have been at least two New Years Eve days here in NoVa when I’ve gone running in a t-shirt. But lately all I can do is bark at my son to stop playing when I pick him up at preschool because Mama is not in a snowsuit.
So today, I announce with joy that yes, that was my kid wearing Tevas with socks. In January. Now that is hot!