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Between naps

Duncan Hoge


I’ve always said that if I could have my way about it, we’d go into hibernation for the months of January and February.

After all the holiday mass-consumption and New Year’s reveling, a long nap certainly seems to be in order come Jan. 1. Plus, it can get really cold, and it could even snow. (I know some of you lunatics actually like snow, but really, it’s cold, inconvenient and makes getting from one place to the next that much more difficult.)

Sometimes it seems as if we all go into sleepwalking mode this time of year anyway, hurrying mindlessly from one appointment to the next before collapsing on the couch for the evening – so it’s not like we’d miss out on all that much.

But as it turns out, we aren’t bears, and we can’t take a two-month pause to get some sleep and arise when spring comes. Bummer. So let’s make the best of it.

I was inspired to read Mary Parker Sonis’ accounts of early-morning trips into waist-deep water to catch a glimpse of the hooded mergansers in their January best. I won’t be going out to have a look for myself anytime soon (thanks for the picture, Mary!), but I will be searching for my own January hooded merganser.
–Susan Dickson

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