Defeating winter doldrums
By GEORGE ROBERTSON, M.D.
I’m an outdoor type person so when the weather is cold and wet I get a good case of cabin fever.
I look out onto the yard and think of all the fun things I could be doing if the weather would just cooperate. When I see the storage room I think of my bicycle sitting there collecting dust and I worry about the tires getting dry rot and the chain rusting.
I look out at the lake knowing that it is too cold to fish comfortably (the only type of fishing I do), and I wonder about where the fish are hiding and how they are getting through the cold snap.
As I anticipate the fun things outdoors, I think of a good action to get me into the springtime mood. I decide that it would be a good idea to get the fishing tackle ready for the time when the weather will permit snagging a few big ones. Boy, is it a good thing that I do. Dust has overtaken my tackle box and a mouse has used one side of it for a winter retreat.
As I clean off the box and oil the reels, I remember the good times of fishing with my children and grandchildren. I also remember going with my father and brother to catch bait for the next day’s fishing trip and the fun family times I had as a boy.
I dust off the shiny lures and imagine them diving into the deep to tempt that big bass hiding under a log in my favorite fishing spot. Suddenly the cold weather and the howling wind doesn’t seem so final. After all, the beautiful warm weather is just a few more spring cleaning chores away. So excuse me for now while I go and untangle my kite string.
Editor’s Note: Robertson is a physician with Family Medical Associates, PC, in Lebanon.