Around Philadelphia, this has been an interesting Winter. There was a stretch of time (around three weeks) when the temperature stayed too low for comfort. The highs were in the 20s and the daily lows were single digits, occasionally dropping just below zero. Of course, there have been worse Winters, colder and with more snow than anyone wanted to shovel. And in those times, I needed An Early Spring.
In such situations, rather than wait for the official arrival of my favorite season, I picked an arbitrary date and announced to myself: Spring Will Arrive on that date. Usually, the date was March 15th. For me, Winter began December 15th and ended three months later. I celebrated with a Special Weekend. I chose the end of a cold grey Winter as well as the arrival of an early Spring.
I started with choosing a Friday to take off from work. Maybe it was a Personal Day, a Necessary Day, or a Mental Health day. Thus, I had a 3-day weekend to fill with activities I enjoyed. What did I do?
I could leave Philly and spend the time in NYC, or Boston, or Cape Cod. Each destination was filled with possible activities. But if I stayed where I was, I spent the 72 hours doing a variety of things I enjoyed.
Movies are always high on my list of “do’s.” For example, I would see (at a theater or on cable TV) The Surface of Water, Coco, Get Out, Lady Bird, Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri. A Play in a local theater/in NYC were always a special treat. Yes, Hamilton would be high on my wish list and The Book of Mormon, too. Or I could visit the Philadelphia Museum of Art. A few years ago, they had an exhibit of Van Gogh paintings. It was wonderful.
Shopping and eating in restaurants need to be included. You might want to look for Antiques. How about a walk or bike ride in a park (or Central Park, in NYC, see above)? Concerts, no matter what as long as it catered to my musical taste. A friend made it a point to get tickets to any Boy Band that was touring in her area –as well as in her memory of an earlier time. How about attending Sports’ events. Baseball, my favorite sport, would only be in Florida and Arizona at this time of year. But Hockey and basketball (pro and college) are in season no matter what I call it. Sports participation by me was a possibility (eg, tennis, golf, bowling; remember when that was THE thing to do?).
Visits to family and friends, especially those I haven’t seen in awhile, are a big plus. Maintaining friendships requires periodic contact, in person or by mail (snail or Email), or Skype. If I or my wife needed a special Gift, then would be a good time to “surprise” each other.
These and other activities you enjoy can easily (if not always inexpensively) add up to three days of enjoyable activities and a way to end one season and give another an early, unique start.
I want to stop this article with the image of a Vatican priest throwing a snowball (see below). Is he just enjoying a late Winter snow storm or is he, like me, saying: “Away with the snow”?