this term, "winter break", is a new thing to me. this week my eldest and all other school chilren have 1 full week off from school. they are of course thrilled. not being from new england, we had no such breaks from school in winter. we had president's day off and that was that. but looking back now we didn't require a "break". the winter was never something that required this. but now living here in maine, in knee deep snow and ice and below freezing temps for SO long, i get it! i NEED a break myself. i do not think this is the spirit the shcool breaks for. i am guessing so many ski or ice skate and enjoy all the winter outdoor activities. not me, i'd fly to FL if i could. bask on a warm beach under a palm tree, get some color on my otherwise dry cracked winter skin (it is NOT pretty let me tell ya!). where i grew up skiing was for the "rich" kids. i never ever learned how to ski and having had my ACL replaced several years back totally prohibits these activities for me. no way should i ever get on a ski or snowboard and risk blowing it out again. so i am taking this week's break as a mental break from all that lingers outside. i am going to take it and dream of spring and growth and green and flowers. ahhhhhhhhhhhh yes that is just the type of "break" i need.
how about you? do you need a "winter break"? what would you do with it?