Our date books lack ink in winter, as if the weather is as aware of us as we are of it. It offers us a reprieve from summer’s outdoor happy hours and the autumn weekends away: a season-sanctioned rest period. Winter turns us in—indoors, inward, intimate—and in these ways causes us to shift form. Like the leaves and long evenings, certain qualities of ours seem to fade and make way for a new identity. It might be easy to see a sameness in ourselves throughout the year, and it’s a tired dig to point out the slight weight gain that seems inevitable as the temperature dives. But something more beautiful is at play, because in winter we are in flux. We assume a spectrum of textures, silhouettes, structures, sizes and sounds that belong exclusively to the season. This story is from Kinfolk Issue Fourteen Buy Now Related Stories Arts & Culture Issue 19 Going Incognito We all secretly wonder what mischief we’d make if invisible: When our identity is hidden, everything seems possible. Arts & Culture Issue 19 The Best Policy Sometimes we talk to each other without feeling heard. Honesty—a most intimate interaction—can be just as thrilling as its more devious inverse. Arts & Culture Issue 19 A Sense of Suspense With unhinged imaginations and mountains of cliff-hangers, the filmmakers behind the sci-fi podcast Limetown have all the makings of a scary story. Arts & Culture Issue 19 Like Clockwork In this new column about time, we learn how slipping off our watches makes us feel like deadline-damning renegades.