The Winter Doldrums

January 5, 2016

The long stretch between Winter break and Spring break is among us.  We came back to school yesterday and already in class today, I heard: “Only 8 weeks until March break”… Hmm I thought, that seems like a long time.  The months of January and February are long, notoriously cold, but are what define our character!  It is in these times that we need to embrace what living in Maine or in the North is all about!  We must get outside! Skin up the mountain, go skating, ice climbing, snow shoeing, XC skiing, or just walk around town and breathe in the crisp air.  Coming back inside and sipping co-co or curing up under a blanket is much more satisfying after some fresh air!  We also must look on the bright side.  Since December 21st every day has been getting longer, the sun a little higher in the sky, and a few more minutes each day to take in the elusive vitamin D.  We must dress for the cold, (it all comes back to fashion) I know I touched on this before but, seriously zip up your coat, put on a hat and gloves, wear boots trust me if you are comfortable the chilly walk or icy paths are the much easier to endure.

So, welcome back to Gould, welcome to Winter (today has been the coldest thus far), and embrace it or even better, relish in it!  It is these two months of the year that build character!

Stopping By Woods on Snowy Evening

Robert Frost

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.
My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.
He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.
The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

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