My husband informs me that bears in Virginia do not hibernate in Winter. He works at the Wildlife Center of Virginia, so he oughta know.
It’s a sad day when bears let you down.
I have relied on the wisdom of hibernating bears when encouraging my Yoga students to quiet their practice in winter and in honoring my own circadian life rhythms.
Bears hibernate in winter, I figured, because they are smarter than we are. They know the value of rest. They know that cold, dark winter days demand that they slow down and refuel. These resting bears became a powerful role model for how we all should care for ourselves in winter … carbo-pack and hibernate.
Now, I find out that this hibernation thing is a big bear hoax.
As long as Virginia bears find the weather comfortable and ample trash cans to paw through, they’ll just amble through their winter like the rest of us. Still, they hunker down in ugly weather. So, while they may not hibernate, they do know the value of slowing down. So, hibernation aside, I guess they’re still smarter than we humans.
I was looking forward to a bit of baseball hibernation this winter.
162 games is a long regular season. It’s a reliable, irrefutable fact. Eighty-two basketball games in an NBA season. Sixteen NFL games a season. These are, apparently, games for the short-winded and the short-attention spanned.