January 31, 2007

Windchill

Today is the last day of January, the last day before the never-ending, ridiculously long month of February begins. Despite wool socks and hiking boots, my feet were cold as I walked from building to building on campus, my parka buttoned against the winds and my hood pulled up for extra warmth. My feet are always cold. Even my office felt chilly, my fingers numb as I tried to type at my computer, and I couldn't wait to come home to sweatpants, down slippers, and a fire.

On a day like this, I like to look through my photos from summertime, especially the pictures of my parents' camp, where every photo shows tanned family members enjoying sunny weather. This photo shows Dandelion Niece, riding home in her Dad's boat, after swimming at one of our favorite islands. When I've been cold all day, I like to look at a photograph like that. I am remembering what it feels like spend hours on a rock that has gathered sunheat, the warmth penetrating my skin, my whole body heated through until I welcome the chill of the wind.

DandelionNiece

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Such joy in that image!

(Gannet Girl)

Chip said...

ahh, only six more months until it's warm enough to go out boating in tshirt and bathing suit...

Linda (FM) said...

It's pretty chilly here too, but we can expect it to warm up soon. Still, the mug of hot chocolate I'm sipping right now tastes pretty good after being outside for awhile this afternoon.

Aliki2006 said...

Thanks for the summery image--it's freezing cold here in the south; I can only imagine what it's like where you are!

liz said...

Thinking of you on this last day before the long hard month ahead. I hope this February will bring you some joy.

Lilian said...

I was cold all day today, in spite of my warm clothes and a heated home. Winter is tough. Good suggestion to think of summertime. Except if I think of summertime in Brazil, which is right now -- I just refuse to think "oh, what if I were there..." :)

Bardiac said...

A small space heater in the office works wonders for cold feet!

YourFireAnt said...

That last image warmed me right through all the layers. Good ending. Good build-up to the ending.

FA

Yankee, Transferred said...

What a great photo!

jo(e) said...

Bardiac: I might just have to look into getting a space heater ....

Mieke said...

Is it mean of me to mention that its supposed to be 70 on Saturday and 78 on Sunday? I hope to have two boys running on the beach this weekend.