Wednesday, December 28, 2011

It's that Time of the Year: Where's My Winter Coat?

I recently read Alone for the holidays? It could be worse, an article in my local newspaper. It's about a craigslist ad a man from San Francisco posted in hopes of finding a temporary girlfriend for the holiday season. He didn't ask for much; simply someone to accompany him to holiday parties, to make being single during the holiday season a little more bearable, a drama-free break-up after the new year, and the possibility of friendship if there was a connection.

The holiday girlfriend is similar to what I call the "Winter Coat." If Alone for the Holidays had been from the Midwest, I think the stakes for his seasonal relationship would have been a little higher. While I relish in the joys of the single life, whenever winter blows in during late November, I find myself looking for my Winter Coat.

The Winter Coat is not a down-filled waterproof wind-breaking jacket with a fur lined hood, but simply a temporary boyfriend or fling to keep you warm during the winter months. It might have the promise of back massages, someone to share hot cocoa or watch movies with, but most importantly someone to fend off the bite of Old Man Winter.

Since winter is not necessarily blowing, but rather creeping in, it has given me more time to find my Winter Coat, but it seems this year, it will be that down-filled waterproof wind-breaking jacket with a fur lined hood, and me braving Old Man Winter.

And so I say, Alone for the holidays? It couldn't be better.

Happy holidays and happy New Year!

XoXo Strange Sailor