We’re in the midst of the dark months.
It’s dark when I go to work in the morning; it’s dark when I come home. The only time I have the pleasure of seeing the birds at the feeders in my yard is on the weekends when I’m not rushing around doing those weekend activities that must be done whether it’s dark or not. There was a time I struggled through these months, when I battled the sense of melancholy that came upon me. Sometimes it’s been easier to give in to a depression during these dark months.
But I’m finding more and more to be thankful for this year. Perhaps it’s a product of embracing my own aging, and all that goes with it, that is allowing me to find moments of gratitude during the dark months this year. Last night I lay awake listening to the steady breathing of my husband and the comical snoring of one of my dogs and considered simple and small things to be thankful for, things I may not notice all the time.
- Flannel sheets. What could be cozier than snuggling under flannel sheets and a cotton quilt while the rain pelts down on the skylight in the ensuite?
- Cozy slippers. For the most part I prefer to be barefoot but my husband suggested I purchase pair of comfy slippers when we were shopping a few weeks ago. Every time I slide my feet into them I’m reminded of how he loves and cares for me.
- The interior of my home. In the warm, light months we are outside much of the time; in the hot months we come inside only to sleep. There isn’t much opportunity to inhabit the inside of my home. It’s nice to curl up on the sofa in front of the fireplace with a dog on my lap and a book in my hand.
- Squash. I may be in the minority but I like the taste of winter squash. Delicata, butternut, acorn, hubbard, I don’t think I’ve ever met a squash I didn’t like.
- Frozen peaches. Those peaches I put down in the summer taste absolutely heavenly baked in a peach crisp this time of year.
- Mandarin oranges. I’m trying hard to be a locavore and eat locally-produced organic and healthy food but I will forever make an exception for, what we call, Christmas oranges. The sweet taste conjures memories of childhood.
- Christmas lights. It may be dark outside when I turn into my neighborhood I’m greeted by multi-colored lights twinkling like candles on a birthday cake. They are like birthday candles, aren’t they? It’s the season to celebrate the birth of Christ.
Yes, it is dark right now, but in a few short weeks we’ll be at the winter solstice and that will begin to change. For now, I’m going to embrace the simple blessings the dark months present.
What do you consider blessings of the dark months?