Thursday, February 20, 2014

Winter is... ending, actually.

It's been a long and hard season in a lot of ways. Not just for the Home Front, but I've noticed a shift in tone in my friends' posts as well.

Go ahead, post one more time.

Okay, I'm not going to say that I've been all sunshine and rainbows. A year ago, I decided never to post whining on the internet unless I already had a plan of action. I'd like to say that I'd stuck to that rule. I'm human though, and when things are hard, sometimes I feel like I want to scream from the mountains about how hard everything is and how no one loves me and flounce to bed.

Need I say more?

It's been too cold, too snowy, and like the frogs I love, this is not something I care for. Winter depression is a thing, and sometimes husbands hate the look that daylight bulbs give your house.

According to hubby: the only acceptable lighting.

But I have to look back to those brave women who didn't have the option to constantly whine. Amid the austerity and rationing that helped us win the war, our governments reminded us that it was not what we did not have, but what we could make of it that was the most important.

Or to be more direct:

I know, easier said than done. You're saying: "Mrs. Smith has started to sound like one of those cheezy aphorism reposts I'm always seeing on the Facebook!"

I swear by my apron I WILL cut you.

To be fair, if I blocked everything on the things not to post list then social media would be pretty unsocial. I mean, social media is not the same as a face to face conversation, it's having an open window into other people's lives, and sometimes you're going to see them hanging up their underpants or cleaning out the junk drawer. This is all part of always looking in that window.

"Uh, hey, you should check the expiration date on your yogurt."

But the thing is that--in spite of the weather, the darkness, the cold, the loneliness of winter--I am friends with my friends for a reason. More importantly, Spring IS nearly here.

At least until it snows again.

So like my resolution to never post without a fix, I'm going to try to be more lenient on my friends. I'm not the only one who relies mostly on social media to get my social connections, and I value their contributions to my narrow little world. I, too, can contribute by getting a better grip on my own feelings.

More or less.