Sunday, January 23, 2011

a few good things about winter

To those of you out there with your hand-knitted sweaters and rosy cheeks, cheerily sipping steaming mugs of pomegranate tea apres skiing or sledding or simply braving an icy trip to the grocery store: I am not your kind. Winter, to me, must simply be endured until the first crocus peaks through the muddy spring ground. But sunny days help. So do tangerines and a peony-colored cashmere scarf, a January birthday to celebrate, homemade chocolate cake, stacks of books beckoning, windows cleaned to a sparkle, the Nordstrom catalog with bathing suits and shell necklaces and espadrilles, a dog who'll pull you out on a walk, Girl Scout cookies (Samoas, Tagalongs, Thin Mints) and, of course, Valentine dreams.
(Yellow Books by Vincent van Gogh, 1853-1890)

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