The snowflakes turned into wet blobs as they hit the pavement. It was cold, but not cold enough for the snow to stick. The wind was sharp enough to make the after work dog walk a necessity rather than a relaxing pleasure. On the way into the house I grabbed the mail. Suddenly everything was better because for a brief moment I felt the full sun on my face. The Land’s End swim issue had arrived and they were offering me a sweet discount code.
After feeding the dog and putting some soup on the stove, I quickly got on the Land’s End website. I had a plan of attack and knew my priorities. I felt like Ralphie looking at the Red Rider BB Gun through the store window but, unlike him, I controlled my destiny.
Soon new board shorts, a swim skirt and new rash guards will be at my door. Soon the days will begin to be noticeably longer. Soon I will spend a weekend coating the paddle boards with protectant for another summer of heavy use. Soon I will be at the lake for the first paddle of 2021.
I could attempt to wax poet about the facing the dark or the need for rest and regeneration to grow new seeds but I just don’t feel it. The truth is I AM A Summer Girl. Horseback riding and hiking are best in the spring and fall. The winter is a time to nap and dream of long, lazy days on the water.
In the dark days of COVID, the events in Washington DC and cold, gray January days, the catalog gave me joy. Buying what I wanted for a new season gave me hope. I think I’m going to make it.