“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.”
There is something I find comforting about the winter. Sounds strange maybe, but when I think of the part where it’s cold and unpredictable outside contrasted with an image of warmth and coziness inside, I feel comforted. Maybe it’s the permission we have during winter to stay indoors and tend to lingering tasks, or simply spend time with each other…
Regardless, there is a part of me that is looking forward to this season ahead at The Kensington. We are entering our eighth winter, and I have complete confidence that we can handle anything Mother Nature puts in our path. We have employees who hunker down with us when the roads are impassable, we have management who rotate being Manager on Duty during storms, and our building has shown its strength and sound construction when others lose power. And most importantly, our residents rarely even notice the storms going on outside of 100 Maple Ave.
That’s the beauty of what we have created here. When winter happens and our team members go into ‘Winter Mode’, it’s as though everyone under this roof is one big family sitting by the proverbial fire. And as we sit by that fire and break bread together, the magic of shared experiences begins to happen. That’s when relationships grow a little stronger and our sense of community expands.
So come on in this winter. Sit down, have a cup of coffee, and let’s enjoy each other regardless of what’s going on outside.
Celina Watson, Executive Director