Now that it is cold, we must admit that winter is here. How many days in a row were those flakes falling? Enough… but it is beautiful, isn’t it? The way everything gets quiet and soft, everything is iced with the white stuff, or hidden beneath it. The grey days are long, but when that sunshine breaks through the sparkles beam out in millions of shards of light. Windows are spangled with crystal stars. Skating, hockey and curling are started, we get to wear our winter fashions (zippers sound like Christmas) and pull out sleighs, skis, snow brushes and skidoos. It’s so easy to get exercise when all you need to do is step outside.
Here, when the seasons change they really become different. We are different, too. Not only do we change our wardrobes and our toys, we change our sense of time since everything takes longer in the snow. We change priorities according to how icy the roads are, and what is essential to keep in the truck is different, too. The terminology on people’s lips is all new. There is a lot of grumbling about the cold and the snow, but it feels good to have a grumble in common with every person you meet. We might have snow to shovel and windows to scrape, but on the other hand, the lawn mower and leaf blower can hibernate for a few months. There is no chance you car window will blow out in the heat, or your chocolate bar will melt in the sun. Trading the barbecue for the isn’t so bad. The kids can sleep at night because it’s dark and cool, and you’ve already forgotten that you considered installing an air conditioner.
Christmas is a’comin!
Still… it would be nice if November turned out to be warmer again…
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