Winter: The Call To Slow Down & Notice

I grew up in the Midwest. Winter in the Midwest is not easy, nor is it particularly pretty. The hallmarks of a Midwestern winter are not for the faint of heart. Grey skies that begin in November and hold on through the first gasp of spring in April. Rock-hard piles of blackened snow pushed to the edges of each parking lot by the ubiquitous snowplows. Icy, cold wind that you can feel in your bones. And the quiet. Oh, the quiet. …As a new mom, I often find myself longing for moments of quiet, but the quiet of a Midwestern winter is different. After the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, Midwesterners settle in for the long, dreary months of January and February and, even, March and April

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