I’ve realised this early spring that winter didn’t get me down. Its dark mornings and afternoons, its seemingly endless rain and repetitive storms – The season bothered me less than any winter I can remember. And I think I’ve got Milin and Jasmin to thank.
These two little people made me get out and about and into the weather – no matter what. It was rare that the rain or wind or cold was enough of a reason to keep us indoors. Yes, we put off outings until downpours had passed. Yes, we altered plans and adjusted what we did on certain days to make life easier. But largely, we were outdoors doing things.
We didn’t give up our regular park walks, our little woodland explorations or riverside discovery forays. We didn’t give up our family walks out in the fresh air at the weekend with Tony. We didn’t give up our habit of getting outside every day to tire us out and clear our minds. And it worked. We got through winter with little cabin fever to speak of. (Apart from when we all got swine flu. Being stuck indoors for two weeks while so incredibly unwell was really rubbish.)
Having children makes you get out and do things. There’s no time to rue the weather, there is no option of whether or not to get up and go. And once you’re out there, raincoat, wellies, woolies and all – you realise how much better the world looks when you have a clear mind and see it in natural light.
Our wellies got incredibly muddy this winter, but my outlook was rarely darkened by the season. How could it have been – when my days looked a little like this…?