Winter morinings
December 29, 2011, 1:24 pm
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My tendency in winter is to hibernate.  I must be defended from some animal that thought it was a good idea to simply sleep through the cold probably because otherwise they were intolerable to anyone and of little use due to total brain shut down from the cold.  I get grumpy in the cold.  My body, particularly around my neck and shoulders, tenses and the muscles get all knotted and sore.  I am rendered retarded from the desire to sleep.

Nature agrees with me on this.  During the cold months when the days are shorter (even the sun seems to sleep in) natural life turns within and does the work to prepare for the more productive months of spring and summer.

This morning I awoke at 5:00am, a perfectly good hour on my regular schedule.  I turned on the space heater in my room, composed and sent an email that needed composing and sending, then curled back up under my covers to sleep for another hour and a half.  It was tough to get up after that even, my body happy to be nestled in my warm sheets in my little cave covered by my down comforter and purple velvet duvet cover.

It reminded me of the best winter of my life- the three months I spent on bed rest while pregnant with my daughter.  My only regret was missing sledding with my then nine year old son but other than that it was sublime.  I slept a lot, kept a journal, watched every movie I ever wanted to see, read a bunch of books, my then husband brought me breakfast in bed every morning and left a cooler full of snacks and goodies for noshing throughout the day. People visited me often and I hosted dinner parties in my bed room, a spa night and played dozens of rounds of Uno with my son.  I read the paper front to back every day, worked out with hand weights, got involved in politics, revamped my resume and best of all wrote letters to people that I had lost touch with and had influenced me throughout my life. I felt the most cared for, loved and relaxed I ever have before or since.

Every now and then I succumb to my winter nature and recall my lovely bed rest days and stay in bed all day.  It is a refreshing break that I highly recommend for rejuvenation and preparation for the busier months ahead.


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