I think we live our lives in seasons. Mimicking nature our lives revolve around tearing down and building, trees being stripped bare while we find something worth salvaging so we can nurture it later. We grow and change reaching for what is just above us hoping we’ll get there.

Winter is that season of reflection and downturns. Where we feel a little lost and wondering when we’ll be on sure footing again. It can be harsh – winter. It takes prisoners. You’re trapped by the elements and low lows. Winter – it is plodding and not at all surprising.

If you’re an extrovert you’re now an introvert poring over yourself and what happened and when does it get better. You get by. You hibernate. You plan and you save because there has to be something new just around the corner.

You’re wiping the slate clean. You’re starting over. Like a launching pad winter springs you into, well, spring. You take your new-found knowledge with a few steps and test that the ground will hold you. You can take off your layers and trust that the frost won’t bite you. You turn your face to the sun – to all the hard work you’ve done and breathe deeply. There are traces of growth and color. Warmth and possibility are everywhere.

Winter isn’t in vain. Winter matters (even if it is making me crazy).

I’ll follow winter to spring.

Swept Up

In Anne of Green Gables
For those of you that don’t know this is a Canadian film made in 1985 based on a beloved series of books about an orphan girl in Prince Edward Island by Lucy Maud Montgomery. They have been running it on channel 12 over the holidays. Anne of Green Gables…Anne of Green Gables – the sequel. I remember watching this series as a girl and I’m watching it again loving every second of it. It makes me so happy. It’s so wholesome and lovely and I’m sighing a lot….Gilbert Blythe, the beauty of PEI, Tennyson, croup, raspberry cordial, Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert, the meddling Rachel Lynde, puffed sleeves, Anne with her red hair and looking for ideals outside herself until she returns home to see that everything she ever wanted was right in front of her…lots of sighing.

14 thoughts on “Winter

  1. Jenn Bateman

    Is it just me or does this winter seem particularly hard and long though? Ugh.
    But it does make spring seem that much sweeter.

  2. Heidi

    Yeah, I just put in a tiny edit on my oh the importance of winter post. I guess I’m trying to make myself feel better and find some meaning in it all. Winter is certainly a metaphor for my life right now. But, I’m thinking I should delete it and say to hell with it all.

  3. tanya

    I still sniffle and snort when Matthew falls and dies. And when Glibert is on his deathbed.

    I wish they hadn’t made the Sequel though. It sucks.

    Winter is putting a cramp in my socializing and I’m slowly going mental…

  4. Heidi

    Which sequel? You mean the one they did much later where she helps in a war…the really drawn out why did they ruin it one? If that’s the one you’re talking about then, yes, it sucked. But the sequel – the one where she realizes that Gilbert is the love of her life – I love that one. And, oh, Matthew.
    I really NEED to get out. Help me tanya. Do you feel like the walls are closing in on you yet?

  5. sugarlens

    Happy New Year!

    I have never read Anne of Green Gables, but have heard so much good things. I will make it my new year goal to read one of the books. How many are there?

  6. Heidi

    dawn, it seems too early to be talking about spring, but I so wish it were here already. sigh. I’m really hoping that this winter will amount to a very good spring in more ways than one.

    sugarlens, hi! happy new year to you too.
    I think there are six Anne books and it is followed by 2 more books about her daughter I believe. They’re so sweet. Easy to read (I read almost all of them as a girl). She’s the kind of character you fall in love with.

  7. Heidi

    hebba, hello! I think winter can get you into a rut – that’s what I find anyway. It’s hard to find purpose in it and I’m seeing that it has purpose. Even if all this snow is wearing thin on me. 🙂

  8. Live More Now (LMN)

    I am so with you. Ahhhh, Marilla. And Mathew. And Anne. I LOVED THIS SERIES. Had to buy the DVD set last year. Missed them. Like long lost friends, I needed to see them again. Thanks for the wonderful reminder. I need to go dig them out … again. This series feels like HOME and reminds me of childhood. Yay!!

  9. Heidi

    lmn, I had them on VHS, but I don’t use my VCR anymore. I need to buy them on DVD. It’s so nice to have someone else out there that loves Anne too. 🙂

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