When I think back to January, and to any month, I think of little but important moments. I had many of the year's most enjoyable moments in January because the year opened with so much possibility that I then worked to turn into reality. I remember renting a violin and auditioning for a chamber music program. I remember reaching out to friends. I remember eating chocolate cake alone at Cafe Lalo on a rainy birthday, and going back home to celebrate my birthday (twice more) with family and friends. I remember celebrating the season with hot chocolate, with Grom's being one of my top choices. I remember resolving more to read this year, and starting (appropriately) with "Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake."
There are, of course, things that I don't enjoy remembering about January, but I'm choosing to remember the positive aspects. Of those, I remember the ones I chose to highlight contemporaneously, partly because my memory of events works best by association, and partly because I don't necessarily connect the events that occurred in January with January itself. I'm glad I resolved to celebrate the seasons more as time went on, though I did a great job of taking advantage of some of the City's best resources, like a museum, Central Park, and various cafes, in January.