The wind whistled as it made its way around the house. Tiny cracks where the storm windows no longer fit snugly, let in some of the cool outside air. After a sudden drop in temperature, the old furnace kicked into motion though, it would be some time before the radiators caught up. When we awoke, the trees were bare. Still green leaves littered the ground. We went from summer to winter, overnight.
Rather than welcoming sweater weather, we pull out winter boots, scarves, heavy mittens, toques, snow pants and parkas. These items will comprise our outerwear uniform until March. The change means more time inside. Time to read, snuggle under a blanket and just go about life a bit differently. Cravings for hot drinks and soups to warm our insides. Sunday roasts and warm bread slathered in butter. A change in palette that categorizes creaminess and decadence in foods as more appealing.
Chocolate fits the bill. Dark chocolate, of course. Rich and complex with serotonin enhancing properties. If chocolate were to have a season, I think it would start about now and end sometime in March. Would you agree?