My weekends are often spent catching up on sleep, running errands and socializing with friends. This weekend, I decided to change it up a bit.
Following a wonderful Shabbat pot luck dinner with friends, I woke up early and headed up north to cottage country. I was thrilled to be among great friends, the peace of the wilderness and it was an added bonus that we celebrated Tu Bishvat together. On Shabbat we ate 15 species of fruit and grains that had different levels of edibility (edible skin, edible pit, inedible skin, inedible pit) which acts as a metaphor for different personality types and we blessed four cups of wine representative of the seasons. I was inaccessible via phone, there was no Facebook activity and we were treated with 20+ centimetres of snow. While I often complain that I have chosen to settle in such a climate, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to wear snowpants, sled down the driveway and catch snowflakes on my tongue. It helped that I was among young children and toddlers.
Seasons are important. They force us into different clothing, they encourage us to participate in exciting activities and they help instill an appreciation for our surroundings and our religious observances and celebrations.