Last fall I had lofty aspirations to use the long months of winter to my advantage. I wanted to engage in fun activities that would make the winter go by quickly. Learning to skate was one of the big ones. It was a personal goal. I also planned on going tobogganing and making a few snowmen with the boys. Well I did watch from inside while they made a snowman once.
On the weekend, we set our clocks forward one hour, signalling the impending arrival of Spring. Sadly, I have not accomplished much in terms of my goals. Yes, the Winter was extremely long. And cold. We went to the city’s popular river trail for a family evening of skating and I actually did take along my brand new and unused skates with the intention of lacing up but the nice guy that I am, I lent them to our International student, Alex, who had none. But the intention was there. Honestly.
Oh yeah, I also had ‘house projects’ on the list and I kept that promise. Oh boy did I ever! I’m still paying for it. Literally. So next time, I play it by ear. No more to-do lists. I am simplifying things. When it’s cold, I stay inside. When it’s hot, I stay outside. If it’s not too hot, that is.
As for winter aspirations, who am I trying to fool or impress? I am not a winter person and never would be so I might as well expect the winters to be long. But I seriously would like to learn how to skate. Maybe next winter…