The daily paint-a-thon continues with a little color and paint on a dreary day. It has been raining here for awhile, everything cast in the soft glow of cloud cover and diffused light. This is a lovely break from the daily sunshine (I grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, where there are 276 overcast days per year. Sunshine can be oppressive down here!) and I find myself enjoying the way colors take on a different personality in the softer light.
This is a big day for us, with the return of a world-traveling son after several months of adventure! He will spend three weeks sleeping, eating and gearing up for the next six months across Asia and Europe. A brief hibernation before he sets off on the next adventure.
Hibernation is a necessity for introverts. My son is highly introverted, as are 90% of my family members (including myself), and we all recognize the need for solitude in huge quantities. Introverts are largely misunderstood. To be introverted doesn't mean you are shy or fear crowds. What is does mean is your energy is restored by being alone. Extroverts, on the other hand, feel quite refreshed after being with others, and crave company.
So no big party with crowds and noise for our world-weary introvert. Just some of his favorite foods, a quiet evening and a long rest before the holidays. With any luck, he might emerge from the cave by Christmas Eve.
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