Matthew Dunaway February 2018 · 205-705-3590

February 2018

JUST AROUND THE CORNER How We ‘Survive’ Until Spring Comes

Spring is so close we can almost taste it. But first, we have to get through what I feel are the most difficult months of the year. Here in Birmingham, January and February are certainly the coldest, wettest, dreariest months on the calendar. Really, there’s no other way to describe them except “yucky.”

Another way to “survive” the end of winter is by taking a page from our agrarian roots. Today, spring and summer are times to kick back and relax, but back then, those were some of the hardest working months of the year as folks tended the fields and grew food. Then fall rolled around, and with it came more hard work in the form of the harvest. Everything slowed down a lot during the winter, but even then, people were working hard, repairing tools or others things they would need to have in top condition when the hard work of summer returned. While you won’t catch me longing for the days when I would have to work in a field to ensure my family wouldn’t starve in the winter, I do like the idea of using winter as a time for maintenance. Why do we wait until spring to start cleaning when we’re already cooped up during these dreary gray months? We’re already inside, so why not reorganize the hall closet or clean out the attic? From just a house standpoint, there are a lot of things we could get done now that we might not have time to address come spring and summer. Then there’s our New Year’s resolutions. Remember those? Barely eight weeks ago most people were thinking up ways to improve their lives. How many of those resolutions have already fallen by the wayside? If you’ve already let your New Year’s resolution slip, now is a great time to pick it back up! So you dropped the ball on one month. There are still 11 more to go. The winter is a great time to buckle down and take another shot at our

Why do we wait until spring to start cleaning when we’re already cooped up during these dreary gray months?

There are a few ways to help get through these final yucky days. To start, we can just stay inside. There are books to read, great shows to watch, and new board games to play with your family. You might even consider getting a start on the “Year of” plans we talked about last month. Update: My Year of Poetry is going great so far! We could also try to embrace the cold! Throw on some layers and take a walk outside. There are plenty of winter activities that can get you into the great outdoors. Have you ever been to Oak Mountain State Park this time of year? It’s gorgeous in the summer, but I’ve gone running out there in the winter, and I can say it has its own beauty during this season, too.

resolutions. We can turn new resolutions into good habits before the obligations of a busy spring and summer make them even harder to achieve. The warm days of summer feel far off, but we have plenty of opportunities to make the weeks until then worthwhile. However you choose to spend your time, I hope you make the most of it!

–Matt Dunaway

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