On this, the first day of Winter, the shortest day of the year, with cold chilling my bones, I harken back to warmer days, days on a tropical beach in the Philippines. On this hot and humid day in August, we were the only two people on the beach. We frolicked in the water, laid on the beach, let the soothing waves caress our bodies. The sky was blue, decorated with billowing white clouds. We were content, relaxed, warm.