Well even before we knew about this week’s predicted snowstorm James’ speech therapist decided to do a lesson on winter in an effort to shake off the winter doldrums all of us have been feeling. Here is their conversation, with James’ thoughts in capital letters.
“James, I am sooooo tired of this Winter! I am tired of being cold, I am tired of snow, and I am tired of being sick! I think that I need an attitude adjustment, so I looked for quotes about Winter that might make me feel a bit better about this Winter.” James grabbed my pencil and spelled, I AM TIRED OF WINTER TOO! So, on we went with our lesson in hopes of decreasing our cases of the Winter Doldrums!
“I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says “Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.” – Lewis Carroll from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
THE SPRING ONLY DETERMINES OUR TIME ON IT TO A TIME (I am not sure exactly where he was going with this sentence. It feels like he missed a word or two and then kept going) IT HAS TO SLEEP TO BLOOM.
“Laughter is the sun that drives Winter from the human face.” –Victor Hugo
SMILES WARM THE FACE.
“If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.”
THE WINTER MAKES US APPRECIATE THE SPRING
“She enjoys rain for its wetness, winter for its cold, summer for its heat. She loves rainbows as much for fading as for their brilliance. It is easy for her, she opens her heart and accepts everything.”
–Morgan Llywelyn, Bard: The Odyssey of the Irish
HAVE AN OPEN HEART TO LOVE EVERY MOMENT
“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.” – Edith Sitwell
THE WINTER IS A TIME TO RECHARGE MENTALLY
“Experience life in all possible ways —
good-bad, bitter-sweet, dark-light,
summer-winter. Experience all the dualities.
Don’t be afraid of experience, because
the more experience you have, the more
mature you become.” – Osho
EXPERIENCE ALL THAT LIFE HAS TO OFFER. EVEN THE BAD THINGS TEACH US SOMETHING IMPORTANT.
At the end of our lesson, I asked, “Did these quotes help with a Winter attitude adjustment?” I AM STILL TIRED OF WINTER BUT I UNDERSTAND WHY IT IS NECESSARY FOR US TO EXPERIENCE IT.