January Notes….

There was a time when I would bemoan the onset of January because that meant, all festivals and holidays were over and we would have to wait atleast another 9 months for the next set of celebrations. However with time comes perspective and January, I realize need not necessarily equate to end of joy; for joy is where you find it and you do not need much to to find it either! So here we are, on the first day of the year, celebrating January

“January is here, with eyes that keenly glow,
A frost-mailed warrior
striding a shadowy steed of snow.”
―  Edgar Fawcett

“Bare branches of each tree
on this chilly January morn
look so cold so forlorn.
Gray skies dip ever so low
left from yesterday’s dusting of snow.
Yet in the heart of each tree
waiting for each who wait to see
new life as warm sun and breeze will blow,
like magic, unlock springs sap to flow,
buds, new leaves, then blooms will grow.”
―  Nelda Hartmann, January Morn  

Hendrick Averkamp, Winter Landscape with Skaters (1608)

“To read a poem in January is as lovely as to go for a walk in June.” ― Jean-Paul Sartre

“The first day of January always presents to my mind a train of very solemn and important reflections and a question more easily asked than answered frequently occurs viz: How have I improved the past year and with [what] good intentions do I view the dawn of its successor?” ―Charlotte Brontë

“I love beginnings. If I were in charge of calendars, every day would be January 1.” ―Jerry Spinelli

“Leaving any bookstore is hard . . . especially on a day in January, when the wind is blowing, the ice is treacherous, and the books inside seem to gather together in colorful warmth.” ―Jane Smiley

 Paul Gauguin, Breton Village in the Snow (1894)

“Little January
Tapped at my door today.
And said, “Put on your winter wraps,
And come outdoors to play.”
Little January
Is always full of fun;
Until the set of sun.
Little January
Will stay a month with me
And we will have such jolly times –
Just come along and see.”
–  Winifred C. Marshall, January

Janus am I; oldest of potentates;
  Forward I look, and backward, and below
I count, as god of avenues and gates,
  The years that through my portals come and go.
I block the roads, and drift the fields with snow;
  I chase the wild-fowl from the frozen fen;
My frosts congeal the rivers in their flow,
  My fires light up the hearths and hearts of me

– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, A Poet’s Calendar

So what does January mean to you?

12 thoughts on “January Notes….

  1. love the Smiley comment… brings back being in Powell’s bookstore in Portland when it was blowing and snowing outside: the feeling of all those books talking to me… very nice. i hope your year starts off positively and peacefully…

    1. It brought back similar memories expect we had cold wind and holding on to dad’s hand as I browsed through volumes of Children’s books! Wish the same for you as well!

  2. January means bright sun, clear, brilliant blue skies without a single cloud and days so cold it sometimes hurts to breathe, snow squeaking and crunching underfoot, and a world that sparkles. It’s a month both beautiful and harsh. Happy New Year!

    1. Stefanie that is beautiful! Just simply beautiful! Though snow in January in my part of the world is cold and grey with constant rain, very English instead of India. But later in the month, it’s cold with bright sun and everything sparkling! Happy New Year to you as well!

    1. That’s our weather too! Even the weather has an English bias! But later in the month, it gets nice and cold and sunny so things pick up! I hope things are bright in this first month of the year for you in UK!

  3. Oh, I love all your quotes and poetry!!! I don’t mind January …. it’s November that’s my least favourite month. It’s been very rainy here lately though and there was a big wind storm today where branches came down and knocked down a tent/shed outside so we had to trudge out and pick it up and put it back over all the stuff that was exposed. We were hoping another branch didn’t come down upon our heads! I love wind but that was a little much! Happy New Year, sis and here’s to a great year!

    1. Thank You! I love November because it brings with it a promise of Winter and December! Plus all our HIndu festivals are in and around November! These storms can be worrisome; we had one yesterday and it is a trouble to restore order but it’s all part of the changing nature of life so all goo! Happy New Year to you too! Wishing everything best for you in 2021 for you!

  4. Cirtnecce, your post warms my heart! I am feeling a little down at the moment, since I’m back to work tomorrow (and slightly dreading it). But my motto for the year is “joyful resolution,” and as you say, “joy is where you find it.” ❤ So I will look forward to tomorrow and find joy in every moment that I can. Hope you have a wonderful week ahead!

    1. I know how you feel and I too used to feel that way! But unless we go to work, we will never enjoy our breaks as much! And the key to life is living here and now in the moment! I hope your work week is going well!

  5. January for me, is summer school holidays. Long evenings for BBQ’s and after dinner walks. It’s the drone of the cicadas, crickets and frogs. The hum of air conditioners and late afternoon storms. It’s summer dresses and sandals – no shoes around the house and ice blocks. Mangoes and cherries and peaches. A trip to the beach.

    It’s lovely to be reminded that January is very different in the northern hemisphere. Imagining the snow helps to cool me down!

    1. and it is so wonderful every time you share a look at the seasons in your part of the world! It’s beautiful and the fruits and air conditioner and walking barefoot is so Indian summer!

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