All Four Seasons

For some mothers, it’s acid-reflux; for others, maybe it’s separation anxiety; for me, it’s teething. Since Clara was two-months old, every time she cries and I don’t why, it’s because she’s teething. But now, as big fat canine and molar-sized teeth make their bloody entrance, I think I might be onto something. Last week, with a bunch of teeth punching to get through her gums, Clara reminded us that a calendar year’s worth of seasons can happen in just one night.

Here, we have fall. There’s a slight chill settling in, but optimists, like mothers, are trying to believe that winter is still a ways off, maybe even avoidable if they keep smiling. It is also around this time that certain mothers postpone basic acts of cosmetic self-improvement, like haircuts.

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We may as well call this one below November 29, Any Year of Your Choice. Thanksgiving is probably over, it’s holding steady below freezing, and even with Christmas a month away, we have the vague sensation it’s only going to get colder.

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Which brings us to Winter Solstice, a sad and hopeless time for some, but also a time to look desperately into the eyes of the god of snow and ice, and maybe even your mother, and plead for the return of warmth and sunshine.

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Spring never fails and with it comes a colorful assortment of circular, triangular, and parallelogramular objects that one may either chew on or plant in rectangular boxes.

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Finally, summer is for fun with people named Dad.  Though Winter Solstice is only 13 minutes passed, it is but a faint memory as patient, gentle fathers everywhere teach their children how to play.


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