The Second Winter

It’s our second COVID winter. Every day we hear of someone’s brother who had COVID (he’s fine), someone’s toddler has COVID (she’s okay - but ugh, a toddler on a nebulizer is never fun), someone’s parent who has COVID (not so hot). Add to insanely high community spread the fact that it’s been hovering around minus 14 degrees and you’ve got the perfect scenario for the season of hygge.

If you saw the Delaware Children’s Theatre’s incredibly fun Frozen Jr., you know all about Hygge. Pronounced "hoo-ga," this Danish concept cannot be translated to one single word but encompasses a feeling of cozy contentment and well-being through enjoying the simple things in life. Books, puzzles, quiet conversations, Ozark, warm blankets — hygge is all the rage in our house as we shuffle around wishing for spring and waiting for snow and wondering what’s next.

If you are nerdy enough (me!) to follow the COVID data trends closely, you’ll see that the news is still pretty bad — but better than it was three weeks ago. Does that mean in three more weeks, we’ll be even better? Signs say yes. Does that mean that by mid-March - the two year mark - that we’ll be emerging from our second COVID winter like daffodils, heralding spring? We can only hope. But in the meantime, hygge.

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