Yoko talks about winter
Living in Boston and enduring the long, cold winters makes me wonder
what it’s like to live in a place that’s always warm. As appealing as it
may be, I realize my behavior has some positive changes in the winter. I
compose music and practice piano more, I read more books and cook more
I used to do winter activities like skiing and ice skating, but
eventually I became less fearless and more worried about injuring my
hands. Instead, now I substitute going to the gym and running on
the elliptical machine and swimming in the indoor pool. It’s kind of
surreal floating in a warm indoor pool while looking out the window into
the frozen polar vortex.
The other special thing is our snowstorms called “Nor’easters.” It seems
to bring out a bad side of compulsive shopping combined with aggressive
driving in high traffic, but during the storm the city becomes a magical
place. It’s so quiet and peaceful — this is the only time the city is
like this. Everything looks beautiful covered in fresh snow and
everything has been canceled the next day, so even as adults we still
have the excitement of snow days!
Still I wonder what it would be like to live in a place that’s always
warm and hope to someday find out.