Saturday, January 2, 2010
A Pervasive Sense of Peace
I love January. Is that crazy? I especially love DC Januarys when they are cold like this year. A hard freeze settles the land, it makes everything just stop, a very rare experience in this busy busy hard-working city. All the gaudy Christmas lights will soon come down, trees will be tossed on the curbs. Folks will bundle up or hang out indoors. January is so still and peaceful. It is a pause, a time-out, like the small space at the beginning or end of a breath.
Of course the people pretend to launch back into a frenzy of busy-ness, but after the holidays finally end, no one really has the energy for anything more than a bluff. I know everyone goes back to work, but I have a hunch that folks spend a lot of the first week of January gazing out the window, drinking endless cups of coffee. All attempts to jumpstart the energy are fruitless now.
When March arrives the land will stir and so will the plants, animals and humans that live upon it. But for now, it's deep winter.
Ahhhh January! Welcome!!
Man playing a trumpet in Chinatown yesterday.