Is it cold where you are today?
Chances are if you’re in the northern hemisphere then you’re rather chilly right now, I know I am! Imagine being able to “chase the sun” (if you were suitably endowed financially). You could fly off to the sunniest, sandiest beach in Australia and there’d be no traipsing through sludge and slush to a freezing cold office, no watching the sun set not long after lunchtime. Perhaps now and again it would be nice to slot in a trip to a picturesque ski resort, just to get a sanitized dose of leisurely snowiness, but that would be it as regards the vagaries of winter.
On the other hand, maybe there are some things I would miss.
The guilt-free hunkering down and delight in domesticated duties like cake-making and, err… cake-eating. I’d miss the twigginess of the trees and the bright berries that are sometime the only colour in a purely monochrome landscape. And the frost; how it can turn the most ordinary of scenes into a Narnia-like winter wonderland.
Viewing an English lanscape in the absolute depths of winter feels like time travelling. Surely it must always have looked like this, we must have always felt the coldness, this piercing icyness. Biting down, deep to the core. Words we speak appear before us like clouds then dissipate into the thin, watery sunlight. Then time travelling in the other direction when we step into our centrally-heated homes, feeling the thaw. A cup of cocoa.
I think I would miss it.