I don’t know what it is, but November always wipes me out. Every year.
It’s a hard time of year for me. The rains set in in earnest (which is serious, here in Vancouver); everything feels like an uphill slog. If I were astrologically inclined – which I am not – I’d have some theory about Scorpio being out to get me with pincers and stinger, and then old Sagittarius finishing off what’s left of me with his bow. In the absence of hocus-pokery, I guess I have to assume it’s some kind of tedious daylight-length sensitivity, or the fact that here in Canada our Thanksgiving is much earlier, leaving us no holiday to break up the intractable gloom between Halloween and Christmas.
(Yes, yes, there is Remembrance Day. That doesn’t really dispel the gloom, though, does it.)
Whatever the case may be, November is a time of year where I have to be extra kind to myself. One of the ways I do that is to uncork some bottled sunlight in the form of music. It’s time for the old favourites – just like Christmas is for some people (why do the depths of winter weigh less upon my heart? I do not know). Here’s what I’ve been listening to this month:
Ancient Airs and Dances, by Respighi
Fish Out of Water, Chris Squire
Foxtrot and Trespass, Genesis
Mariners, Tri Yann
And the grande olde favourite, the song I always end up at, no matter where I begin: “A Nest of Stars“, by Iarla Ó Lionáird. I should write a whole post about that song. Another day, perhaps, when I’m not still fending off November with a pitchfork.
But look! Here comes December, before the week is out. And the sun is out today, which is a nice change. Whatever its other shortcomings, November does end, and usually on time.
4 thoughts on “Bitter November”
So, why not celebrate American Thanksgiving as well as Canadian? It is your birthright! And you can never be too thankful.
We used to, when we first moved here, but neither of us actually enjoy cooking so it ended up being more stressful than anything else. Maybe we could come up with some other thing to do, though, and make that a tradition…
Going out to a favorite restaurant is another way to celebrate Thanksgiving, as long as it’s fancy enough that it’s a special treat and not just your usual eh, don’t feel like cooking tonight place.
Oh, and it’s good if it can be the same place each year; continuity is helpful in building comforting traditions.