Four grown kids, five delightful grandchildren, constant, long-time partner. A retired academic, I'm adapting to life in a Vancouver condo after decades in a waterfront home on a very small (Canadian) West Coast island. Keen to discover what new priorities emerge, what interests persist, in this urban life after 60!
As late afternoon sunshine moved toward nightfall yesterday, the Coastal mountains dazzled with brilliant new snow. I quickly forgave the day's earlier hail, winds, and snow flurries.
Indeed, that storm has ushered in a crisp combination of cold and bright -- I'll take it! I started my day with a vigorous run, followed by a leisurely walk with a good island friend, catching up and observing signs of spring all around us. Makes it easy to tolerate another few weeks of wintry temperatures when we know that the sequence of wildflower blooms is already begun.
And somehow, I only just got to Adam Gopnik's Massey Lectures on Winter last night, so I'll be content to have a few more days that remind me how wonderful it is to have comfort indoors from which to observe winter's drama outside. I'll read through the lectures by a fire which is that much more delicious when the winds are howling at the door. . .
Now I'd better get back to work preparing this evening's lecture. How are you enjoying this transitional time? Impatient for spring? Savouring the last weeks of winter?