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January called cruelist month for a reason


Guest Columnist

Mother Nature gave us a slight reprieve from the cold last weekend with some warmer weather along with some foggy mornings and needed rain.

January is a bad time of the year for me. Cold rainy weather, short days with not much going on. Many of us have aches and pains that seem to be worse when it’s cold.

It must be a bad time for others too as it has been called the cruelest month and also it is called empty pockets month.

I’ll bet the ones with heavy pockets are factories that produce all the plastic toys, decorations, strings of lights, colored bags and wrapping paper. Too bad that most of it winds up in the landfill, some of it forever.

I guess the weather earned January the cruel month name and what we spend during the holidays creates some very empty pockets.

I’m always relieved when the holiday season is over. Others have told me that too, some won’t admit it. All that hype about shopping and decorating takes away from the real meaning of the season.

Sounds like I’m an old-fashioned, old woman who doesn’t enjoy the holidays.

I am. Not that I don’t appreciate all those good gifts that folks bestow on me. I eat, wear or hang all of them. But I’m still glad when the holidays are over and things return to the dull, boring days of January. I know springtime is one month closer.

I am not alone in thinking like this, but I don’t dislike everything.

I love for family and friends to come and visit or share a meal.

I love to watch all the cardinals gather on the bare branches of the dogwood tree outside my kitchen window.

I like the feel of coming from the outside cold into a snug, warm house.

On a long afternoon, I enjoy a phone call from a friend I haven’t heard from in a while.

There are other things that make me happy such as the internet, good books, good food, and good neighbors and I guess I can top the list today with that heavy black sling that has hit the trash can.

Getting rid of anything that annoys you can be a good thing. Some things are not as easy to trash. Learning to live with things we cannot trash are things that hang on longer than a sling for a bad shoulder.

Most of us have some of those and one way or another we learn to live with or ignore these problems or annoyances.

Try to put those things aside, read a good book, call a friend and before you know it, January will be gone again.

Kathryn Yarbro is former managing editor of the Lincoln Times-News.


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