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Amanda Lamb: Winter blues

Posted January 22, 2012

Intellectually, I know it is not right to dislike an entire season, but for most of my life, winter has ranked pretty low on my list.

I can totally understand why some animals hibernate and come back out in the springtime when the world is in full bloom. I would like to wrap up in my comforter right after the holidays and take a nap until about mid-March. I think it basically boils down to the fact that no matter how many layers I put on, I am perpetually cold. Thus, in short, I am a confirmed summer person.

Part of the issue in the wintertime is keeping children entertained and engaged when most of the activities revolve around being inside. With the exception of the rare North Carolina snowstorm (during which I always have to work, adding another line to my already lengthy "I dislike winter" list), my kids spend a lot of time indoors in the winter months.

Video games aside, this forces them, and me, to be more creative at coming up with things to do. They still enjoy dress-up, and putting on shows. We also have games that we like to play together as well as a plethora of art supplies that could just about create enough content for the Louvre. We also enjoy watching movies as a family, although there are not nearly enough appropriate family movies to satisfy our theatrical appetites.

My personal favorite inside activity in the winter months is reading. I have varying degrees of success getting my daughters to buy in to this concept. My older one actually shares my love of reading, but can be easily distracted. My younger one still sees it as a school assignment, not something to be savored.

Like every season, the winter too shall pass. Soon my daughters will be outside riding bikes, climbing trees, taking walks and building forts. I, too, will be outside, exercising and squinting at my laptop screen in an effort to work and at the same time feel the long-forgotten sun on my pale winter skin.

The best part of North Carolina weather is the knowledge that the cold doesn’t linger and the sunshine does…

Amanda Lamb is the mom of two, a reporter for WRAL-TV and the author of several books including two on motherhood. Find her here on Mondays.

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  • shc0729 Jan 23, 2012

    Its the dullness of February that I dislike. Usually the grass is brown, no leaves on the trees, gray skies, to cold to go outside & I just feel like the world is closing in. Can't wait for spring to get here!

  • snowl Jan 23, 2012

    With all due respect and a smile..:)..., I don't think you really know what "cold" is until you have lived close to the northern border of Vermont/Canada. I have, and I can tell you that I love NC winters because they are sunny and mild in comparison. I have been out cross country skiing when the air temp. was -20 degrees (below zero) and lived to tell the story....:) I never complain about the weather or the heat of NC, it is a real pleasure to be here!

  • Twittyfan Jan 23, 2012

    I am with you 100% I do not like cold weather at all never have and never will.. My daughter is just like her daddy and loves every cold day we get even though she loves the summer. She always ask mom when are you going to like all the seasons that we have.. I tell her I love the summer no matter how hot it gets and spring. I am not a fall or winter person. I am glad she took back after her dad and enjoys Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter to the fullest..

  • Zelda Jan 22, 2012

    We also enjoyed cooking, especially baking in the winter months.