An Ode to Foggy Days
I just love foggy days. Mostly because I love any excuse to curl up inside, nap, read and drink tea all day. It actually lightens my darkness, so I end up having a peaceful, content day. Depression is an old friend of mine, who is easier to embrace when the whole world matches its mood. I have permission to embrace the gloom as normal that day, and it lifts me up. Sunny days ironically bring guilt and gloom to me, as I feel all the "shoulds" to get outside and enjoy them. Of course, if I lived in a place where fog was the norm, I might feel differently.
I also love foggy days because like snow, fog totally transforms the landscape and makes it totally new. I love the mystery of it, and discovering what's just ahead. Even though I already know because I walk or drive these routes every day. But today it all seems new and fresh, and ready to be discovered. This is both metaphorical and real, of course.
If you don't feel the same sense of wonder and content that I do, that's OK. Perhaps some fun facts will intrigue you enough to spark some wonder and lightness in your perception.
You can turn a foggy day into a science experiment with your children too (or with a curious adult). Click here to learn how from the masters of meteorology - NASA.
If the gloom of a foggy day continues to get you down, perhaps remembering that there's still a bright blue sky above all those clouds. If you can just muster the means to fly high enough over your own clouds to see it.
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Ms. Jennie is an outdoor educator in Austin, TX. She has a background in Montessori education, and strives to get families and kids out in nature to connect & wonder.