Thursday, November 6, 2008

No Offense, Norway...

"November always seemed to me the Norway of the year."- Emily Dickinson
There has to be a lull somewhere between the Halloween high and the Christmas climax. And, right now, I'm living in the lull. If October's the peak of the season, November is the bleak of the season.
Where we live, November proves to be the darkest and dreariest page on the calendar. The days are short, dark and cold. The sky is opaque and drizzly. The leaves blow away and the pumpkins turn soggy. Kids start sniffling. Everything in my closet is grey, black, brown.
Just as I had convinced myself to put on the Nikes and drag the twins to the gym this morning, the school nurse called. My fourth-grader got sick all over the schoolbus and would I come get him right away, please?
Which explains why I'm sitting in unsweaty gym clothes, listening to the Cartoon Network, tapping on my laptop and looking dejectedly out my window.
This is my 39th November. I know it won't last forever. But today it feels like it might.

19 comments:

Lindsey said...

Eww. Novemer, December, January, February, March, April and a lot of times MAY was like that where I used to live. Drizzly... Dark... Cold.. Wet.. I have to admit as I drove down the road today with not a cloud in the sky... I was happy to be where i am. Good luck with the sicks.

Annemarie said...

I'm sorry for your bleakness. We've had a very similar week...sick kids and all. Even snow. Already?? And it's not the kind that melts right away.

Vent away, my friend! That's what we're all here for!!!

Christie said...

You mean, you aren't spending your bleak November days online shopping for your favorite sister-in-law's birthday? Because I'm spending the gray days doing shopping online for myself. You should try it. Shop for me. It helps cheer you up.

Or at least cheer me up. Either way I'm fine with it.

Lorie said...

I am sorry that your November is dreary! In my neck of the woods November is when it finally stops being hot (AZ) and the kids can play outside without getting dehydrated!

I hope your days get Merry and Bright soon!

queenieweenie said...

See...and here I was feeling sorry for myself that temperatures were going to reach the low 80's again (I was enjoying the cooler weather).

I personally like colder weather...the more my clothes can cover up my body the better!

Jenibelle said...

I love this time of year. I love seeing my breath as proof that I am alive. I love sweaters and scarves. I love the leaves changing colors and being raked up, jumped in and raked again. I love soups and cinnamon...I love this time of year. I'm crazy?

When is your favorite sister in laws birthday?

Annie said...

I hear you. I have a love/hate relationship with November. Love the coziness, hate the dreariness.

I have a sick child home today, too. Good luck!

(to Lindsey's comment above...Lindsey, did you used to live in Boston???)

Kenny and Linsey said...

Venting is cathartic, so press on. And then, go out and buy yourself something pretty and bright to add a slash of color to your dreary closet and grey days!

Trying to Stay Calm! said...

I love fall and pumpkin spice candles :)

polly said...

I think February is Norway...maybe in Utah..it's the ugliest month of the year. sorry you are having such a bad day..but you just brightened mine. Your comment on Marta's breakfast blog was the best of all the comments. your's and Whit's made me laugh after all the serious bantering!

Jeanelle said...

I love fall too -- but will appreciate the sticky hotness of where I am today, just for you! Hang in there and just order that Kindle. You'll feel LOTS better! ;)

TravelinOma said...

Hot flashes make winter more enjoyable. Maybe it's because they make summer so unbearable. Hang in there. If this is your 39th November, you only have a few more until you, too, are enjoying chilly days!

Bridget said...

Oh, I hear you. Loud and clear. Today was the first day in over a week I had all three kids well and back in school. We have started our overcast drizzle of rain which will last through April and most of May. Lucky us.

Lauren in GA said...

I'm so sorry. If it wasn't bleak enough outside...having a sick kiddo makes it even more lousy.

Maybe Christie is on to something...online shopping may help...My birthday is in June...look at all the time you have ;)

martha corinna said...

January is my 'Minnesota' month. I can say this because I grew up there and January is so unforgiving. It is long, it is cold, it is dark, and it's a bit of a let down after all the holidays. I find excuses to party and get out during this time. Good luck to you!

cami said...

I have just the solution for you - move to Phoenix! It's 75 degrees and bright and shiny today. Just don't expect a white Christmas around here!

Melissa-Mc said...

The cold bleak months are the hardest for me too. Sorry about a sick child on top of it all.

diane said...

Go buy a purple sweater, you'll feel better.

Ilene said...

See? That's why I don't go to the gym.

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