The Opposite of SAD

Dear Liza,

Seasonal Affective Disorder, called SAD for short, is a term for when people get depressed during long dark winters. It is a common thing here in Portland, and people work to counteract it by taking their vitamin D supplements, visiting brightly lit places like the art museum, or even flying to Palm Springs for the weekend.

I thought I was immune. I had come through my first full Portland winter happy and busy, writing, reading, cooking and sewing. No depression here!

But once the sun came out and the entire world woke up into color and joy, I did, too. I had been maintaining, keeping my head down and keeping busy. But now I was celebrating every delicate tree blossom, every snooty daffodil, every fat robin. On my walks, I keep stopping to stare at Every. Single. Flower.

So I need to come up with another term, the opposite of SAD.

Maybe Hysterical Appreciation for Pink, Purple and Yellow, or HAPPY.

Yep, That’s what I’m calling it. You’re welcome.


Grandma Judy

Author: Judy

I am a new transplant to Portland from Salinas, a small city in Central California. This is a blog about my new city.

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