Cabin Fever

By Beck

I’m really static-y right now. Every time I’ve kissed my kids over the past week, they’ve managed to get a considerable static-charged shock from me. It’s a blessing that we don’t have carpets – particularily SHAG carpets – or the static build-up might have reached dangerous levels by now.

Winter comes as a bit of a shock to me every year. I mean, I remember that it’s boring and worrisome – constantly keeping my eye on the weather conditions to see if my husband will make it home safely from work and my kids from school – but it photographs prettily and there’s Christmas and I think that softens our memories and keeps us from bolting to Arizona while the bolting’s good. And so we think of skating and the surreal glistening of ice on bare branches and a black cat running across a snowy yard like an splash of ink.

Right now, though, we all have the mid-winter blahs – I’m housebound, almost, and feeling a tad stir-crazy; my husband has to drive to work in the icy dark and my kids eat their before-school breakfast staring out into a lifeless, sunless world. After school, we squabble and watch tv until bedtime and everything lacks something – probably a decent amount of sunlight, really, whatever it is that normally illuminates our family. And so right now the only spark of light is thrown off by the shock of contact between us when anyone kisses.

The Baby is dancing raucously to loud morning music right now, a little wild spark herself. And my older two kids – aaaagggh – are fighting. Years from now, all I’ll remember is the photographic version of this time – not the boredom and the aggravation and constantly having to break up fistfights, but rather the pretty version, my kid laughing with snowflakes in her hair,  the three of them dashing out into the winter white, bright against the snow.

Beck blogs at Frog And Toad Are Still Friends.

15 Responses to Cabin Fever
  1. Nadia
    January 29, 2009 | 11:05 am

    Loved this! Beautiful and so very true.

  2. Patois
    January 29, 2009 | 11:17 am

    Thankfully, you’re right about what we will — hopefully — remember.

  3. Megan (FriedOkra)
    January 29, 2009 | 12:38 pm

    And I guess that’s the blessing of memory, isn’t it? That it paints the picture we’ll enjoy looking at later, vs. the messy, disturbing one that we’d rather remained covered and hiding.

    Yeah. Cabin fever. YUCK.

  4. Stacy
    January 29, 2009 | 2:23 pm

    Move to Michigan, Beck. Oh wait. It’s cold and dark here too.

    Lovely post.

  5. Alison
    January 29, 2009 | 3:25 pm

    Thank goodness winter doesn’t last forever.

  6. Janet
    January 29, 2009 | 3:55 pm

    I’m already wearing my MOm-coloured glasses about the early years with the kids, so I have great confidence in what you wrote coming true.

    But last week? That really sucked.

  7. Heather of the EO
    January 29, 2009 | 6:35 pm

    I’m so glad I’ll look back with rose-colored glasses too. Because I’ve decided I’m going to. And I’m going to like it.

  8. Nowheymama
    January 29, 2009 | 10:15 pm

    Yes. This is exactly what life is like right now.

  9. Jennifer, Snapshot
    January 30, 2009 | 7:47 pm

    I have a big case of the winter doldrums myself. Between choosing to seclude myself with the computer or my books lately, and then some forced weather-related isolation, I realize that I’m turning into some odd hermit.

    So I guess I should work on that eh?

  10. Omaaha Mama
    January 31, 2009 | 9:30 am

    I know why it’s called the dead of winter. Sniffles for all. Energy for none. The squabbles, yes, we’ve got a case of them here. My kids won’t even do me the favor of sleeping in on Saturday.
    Wah. Wah. Wah.

  11. Cassie
    January 31, 2009 | 1:49 pm

    Everything looks brighter when looking back! Try and get out of the winter blues I totally feel ya! I think we may get in our swimsuits and have a “beach party” in the bathroom!

  12. Kelly
    January 31, 2009 | 6:12 pm

    So true. Sometimes, I try to look at my present day as if I’m looking back through years of time. And no matter how snarly I feel or how whiny the kids are, it looks a little brighter wearing those glasses.

  13. Alexis
    February 1, 2009 | 12:42 am

    Yes…c’mon over to Boston and stare out my windows with me at the 4 feet of snow piled high on the NEW swing set. I get SAD big time. (seasonal affective disorder) need some sunshine….

    You should go tanning and tell turn up the heat tell the kids to put on their swimsuits and pretend your on a tropical island 😉


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