At 8:18 this morning (CST) earth was at its closet point to the sun. Its perihelion. Earth is only 91,404,322 miles from the sun, a blistering 3.1 million miles closer than at its farthest distance in early July.
While in this position, Earth is also moving at its fastest, meaning winter in the Northern Hemisphere is the shortest season. For those people living in regions with notoriously fierce winters, this is a good thing. For those of us living in subtropical states like Florida, five extra days of stifling heat and humidity, we might take the extra winter days.
This bit of trivia is lost on me. The coldest day this winter was a brisk 30F (-1C). I had to cover my outdoor plants, and add an extra blanket to my bed. Two days later it was back into the 60s.
It’s the first week of January and I have yet to turn on my furnace. I even pondered turning my A/C back on a few days that reached up into the 70s. I’ve worn my coat once, and even then I had a short-sleeved shirt underneath.
Don’t get me wrong. Living in Florida these past 20 years has acclimated me to the warmer climate. I don’t do cold well, but the idea of a never-ending summer is also not ideal.
Give me four distinct seasons, each with their own merits and faults, so I can appreciate them all.
“Summer makes me drowsy. Autumn makes me sing. Winter’s pretty lousy, but I hate Spring.” ~ Dorothy Parker
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What to do:
Using “Cold” for inspiration, write 100 Words – 100 exactly – no more, no less. You can either use the word – or any form of the word – as one of your 100, or it can be implied. Include a link in your post back here, and add your story to the Mister Linky list. If you don’t have a blog, you can leave your submission in the comment section, or as a Facebook status post. Remember to keep spreading the love with supportive comments for your fellow Wordsters.