Why Winter?

Many people look at the word winter and think of darkness, isolation, loneliness, death, despair.

Shakespeare, in Richard III used it in a different way.  “Now is the winter of our discontent made glorious summer by this son of York.”  What does he mean?  The time of unhappiness is almost at its end.

That points to hope.  Soon it will be spring and the earth will renew itself once again.  We are still in the dark times but the light at the end of the tunnel is clear.

And we are in dark times.  There is no doubt about that.  We have accomplished many things but there are many more things to accomplish.  We can say that about our world and we can say that about ourselves.  Winter is a sign of hope when all you feel darkness.

A.F. is also significant.  If you search for A.F. Winter on the internet, you are bombarded by a major retailer’s winter collection.  You are overwhelmed with commercialism, materialism, and greed. The truths that I write are lost in the rush for the newest fashion trends.  But if you look closer, and dig deeper, you might find something meaningful.  But that is really up to you.

Robert Frost wrote in his famous poem –

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I-

I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference.

So the name signifies hope on your own individual road, although the path might be obscured right now.  So walk with me a while with the realization that one day, you will have to say goodbye find your own way.

Finally if you put the A.F. after winter, it means I’m winter to the extreme.

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About oxrider

Mr. Winter has written novels, books of poetry and short stories, and books on acting. He has written over three dozen plays, winning the S.C. Playwright’s Festival. His inventive theatrical work has been seen in the US and Europe. A.F. Winter has been acting, teaching, and directing, for over 30 years. He created a theatre which worked with at-risk youth giving them positive alternatives in their lives. Please visit his website at AFWinter.com. View all posts by oxrider

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