Sunday, January 27, 2013

Icy Rain

 January 16, 2013

I was predicted to be a "bad" winter. Not necessarily cold, but snowy. It's been neither. With our post-Sandy illnesses now mostly behind us (a dry cough still lingers in Beren's chest, though he no longer sounds like a power tool when sleeping), we have spent as much time outside as possible.

The recent dip in temperatures, to actual winterish temperatures of both freezing days and nights, kept us inside for a few days. Our work schedules abetted that, and I noticed we were all very grumpy. 

Wednesday, the 26th we awoke to misty rain and icy trees. "We're going outside," I told my son. We got soaked (you're probably thinking, "No wonder your kid has had a cough for weeks.") while stomping puddles and walking in the stream. 

Beren gamely used branches to balance as water rushed over his boots. We found a frozen frog, held it for a few moments, and did what we thought was best - put it back in the water beneath some leaves. We observed cardinal flower rosettes and stepped on and over multiflora rose. 

"Are you cold? Do you want to go back home?" My son didn't reply but kept walking. "Are you wet?"  He nodded. "Ok, let's go home."

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On one cold evening, 25 January 2013 at 21:15 to be exact, someone edited the entry for cabin fever on Wikipedia: 

Cabin fever is an idiomatic term, first recorded in 1918,[1] for a claustrophobic reaction that takes place when a person or group is isolated and/or shut in a small space, with nothing to do for an extended period. Cabin fever describes the extreme irritability and restlessness a person may feel in these situations.[2] 
A person may experience cabin fever in a situation such as being in a simple country vacation cottage. When experiencing cabin fever, a person may tend to sleep, have distrust of anyone they are with, and an urge to go outside even in the rain, snow, dark or hail. The phrase is also used humorously to indicate simple boredom from being home alone.[3]
When experiencing cabin fever, a person may tend to sleep, have distrust of anyone they are with, and an urge to go outside even in the rain, snow, dark or hail. 

What an odd combination of characteristics. Tend to sleep? When? Where? Distrust? Even in the rain? What's wrong with walking in rain, snow, dark or hail?






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