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  • Everyone has a favorite season. I’m a little strange, so my favorite season is summer.
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  • Everyone has a favorite season.
    I’m a little strange, so my favorite season is summer.
    I sort of love the hot weather, because it means days spent at the lake or pool or anywhere else I can splash around in the water.
    The sun doesn’t love me, because I burn easily and freckle rather than tan. But I love the sun, just as long as I’ve slathered on some SPF 50.
    Spring is alright too, especially if it’s a rainy spring.
    I do like the world turning green and seeing wildflowers pop up everywhere. But it’s not swimming weather, and sometimes it’s a little too cold for my taste.
    Autumn falls into the same category. The turning of the leaves is nice. The candle scents are pretty pleasing to the nose. Halloween is always fun to celebrate. And this tends to be my favorite season for baking.
    Winter, though, I don’t have much of a care for. It’s cold and bare. It can be pretty if there’s a snow or ice storm, but those can be destructive and the driving conditions are hazardous. And I don’t get to just sit at home drinking hot cocoa and watching movies when this happens.
    Lately, though, I’ve been realizing a perk of winter I do sort of miss.
    Summer is great, and I know I’ll miss it when it’s gone, but you know what else summer is? Busy.
    There are parties and camping trips and road trips and all manner of things to do.
    While all of these things are fun, it seems I rarely have a day to myself, and that’s tiring for my introvert self.
    One thing I can say for winter is that there isn’t a lot going on. I can hermit to my heart’s content, and lately, I’ve been thinking rather wistfully of all of the snow storms that allowed me to cancel plans back in the early part of the year.
    I guess winter is the season for introverts. Maybe that’s something I can start looking forward to in the future.
    In the meantime, I guess I should enjoy what’s left of sunshine and warm days, because they’ll be gone before I know it.
    Tina Bridenstine is a page designer for The Shawnee News-Star.
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