A day that is often met with sighs of relief when you live in New England. January can be a bit of a drag after the festive holiday season, and not much fun to break up the cold.
It’s a time of year to get back down to business, get back into a routine, trying harder to eat right, work out, study harder, or work harder — starting the new year on the right foot.
Those 31 days can seem to last forever, getting dark early, offering up biting winds, snow, sleet and other sorts of transportation challenges. It’s school days interrupted or canceled causing parents to scramble to change their schedules or fill a vacant day with entertainment.
Yet, don’t wish those winter days away too soon, despite that tease of Feb. 1 and spring.
Almost more than summer, snow days offer fun activities that seem able to bring out the child in everyone.
Obviously, skiing is a popular winter choice. But there are many fun things to do in our own backyard. Who doesn’t feel like a child riding down a snow-covered hill in a sled, or finding a perfect nose for a snowman, or having a snowball fight?
Many Darienites are not complaining about the bitter cold that hit this month because it created a boundless ice rink on local ponds.
And even if you don’t have the luxury of time to drop everything, bundle up, and get out in a winter wonderland — watching it can be just as enjoyable.
Seeing kids on sleds or catching a game on an ice-covered pond brings us all back to a simpler time. The smell of warm fires in the air, and catching brilliant cardinals against a snowy backdrop at a bird feeder are things we will miss come July.
So let’s not start that spring countdown just yet.
Time goes by fast enough without wishing it away.