Who's asking: Henry Lavinder, Mechanicsville, VA
Henry is three. They haven't really gotten to seasons of the year in his preschool yet, although he knows all about fall.
Winter is the coldest, darkest time of year, except along the equator. In the Northern Hemisphere, winter begins on December 21, the winter solstice. The winter solstice is the shortest day of the year; in Gardiner today, the sun rose at 7:11 a.m. and will set at 4:02 this afternoon.
Here outside Richmond, where I am today, the day's a little longer: sunrise at 7:20, sunset at 4:54.
My original plan had been to run up to Washington today, but I don't think I will. I am fighting off yet another cold, and really don't want to be sick for Christmas. "We all have snotty noses," Henry said yesterday, and that includes me.
I, at least, have mastered the art of blowing my nose.