Granby in November: Dismal science, meet dismal month
November 13, 2008
I was about to walk to work the other day when I got to the end of my driveway in Granby, Colorado, and felt compelled to go back into the house ” to get an umbrella.
What’s up with that? Could it be more dismal?
I guess T.S. Eliot can be forgiven for his assertion that April is the cruelest month; he didn’t live in the Rockies. For my money, November easily trumps April here as the meanest month.
Sure, April is mud season. It’s messy, the ski season is ending and winter continues to throw occasional fits.
But the countryside is thawing out. It is often bright and sunny and nice to be outside. And if it isn’t, it soon will be.
Not November, especially not this November, with its constant drumbeat of depressing ” oops, bad choice of words ” economic news.
The view out my window is a monotone montage of grayscale, brown and beige. Some days it’s hard to tell where the somber earth ends and the sullen sky begins.
The weather report includes euphemisms such as “wintry mix.” Translation: It’s so miserable, even the sky is crying. Wind-whipped ice crystals scour color from the landscape and sandblast away all vestiges of Indian summer.
This November hasn’t even had the decency to snow enough to permit cross country skiing or snowmobiling, but it has generally been too miserable to enjoy a hike or do anything else outside.
Cold, damp, dank. Did I mention dark? Falling back? How about just falling?
All of which is that much more wrenching in the context of recent memories of two glorious months of golden, sun-drenched beauty, crisp hikes, brilliant cottonwoods and aspens framing clear-running rivers and deep-blue skies.
Fortunately, as November ends, it begins to redeem itself.
Thanksgiving with its family warmth and the advent of the holiday season ” and, it is to be hoped, abundant snowfall ” mark the beginning of genuine winter and its attendant glories.
The morose vistas give way to winter’s white purity. There are fun things to do outside again, and curling up on a snowy night in front of the fire holds cozy appeal.
It helps, too, that as the holidays dawn and the winter solstice arrives, the days begin to lengthen and we can look forward to reveling in the bright aspects of winter.
So take heart, for the gray days that clench us in their chilling grasp shall soon pass, as they always do. And the same goes for those gloomy economic reports.
” Drew Munro is news editor of the Sky-Hi Daily News. He may be reached at 887-3334 ext. 19610 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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