In a busy household of six, there are times when my old, drafty house seems to swallow me up. This is never truer than during the holidays, when all of the children are home from school, and seasonal merriment is offset by an uptick in demand for vacuuming, laundry, food prep, dishwashing, and entertainment services. Often, noon rolls around, and I realize that I’ve yet to step outside (not to mention wash my hair, sit down, or change out of my bathrobe.)
This is when what I’ve come to call “the urge” sets in. Regardless of the state of my house or my personal appearance, I become utterly compelled to get outside and soak in the admittedly limited December rays. Best-case scenario involves a walk in the woods. Middle ground is a walk around the block with my dog. At the very least, I’ll take two minutes to close the door on my squabbling offspring and sit on the back steps for a frosty breath of fresh air.
This holiday, I wish all of you the opportunity for a best-case scenario. Find time amidst your holiday revels to bundle up and go dashing through the snow to Adkins Arboretum. You’ll be amazed at what a few hours of silvery winter light and forested quiet can do to elevate your spirit. Bring the dog, bring the kids, or, better yet, enjoy the serenity on your own. You’ll return to the holidays refreshed, invigorated, and ready to welcome the New Year. At that point, feel free to stop by my house. I’ll be waiting to hand over the kids and head outside myself.
by Jenny Houghton
Youth Program Coordinator