Thursday, April 26, 2012

Winter

Winter is my favorite season.  At least I think it is.  It has been 12 years since I have been through a snot-freezing cold winter (that's when it's so cold that when you breath through your nose the inside of your nostrils stick together.  That only happened to me?  Moving on...).

Before the age of nine I only remember living in warm Mediteranean type climates (due to a military upbringing).  To me snow was exotic and magical.  I used to sit in front of a fan powered on high, wrapped in a blanket, pretending to be an Eskimo.  To us, 50 degrees meant it was time to pull out our heavy coats.

Then we moved to Michigan.  I remember being so excited about moving to Michigan.  Michigan was in the US!  It was in the North! It was January!  I imagined pure white blankets of snow piled here and there in drifts, coating tree branches and the roofs of houses straight out of some crappy Thomas Kinkade painting (no, it's not too soon).  Children would be making snow men and snow forts, and there would be sledding and ice skating.  This was me thinking of Michigan in winter:

We get off the plane and what do I see?  Jack-squat.  That's what.  There wasn't a lick of snow on the ground.  I WAS HEATED.

It did eventually snow, and my poor brother found out what happens if you lick cold metal.  We did go sledding (on flattened cardboard boxes), and built snowmen and had snowball fights.  We "skated" on frozed puddles in parking lots.  Oh, and after a couple of years the first day of 50 degree weather was "let's pull out the shorts" weather.  Ahh memories....

7 comments:

  1. I like winter, and I like LOOKING at the snow . . . but other than that . . . give me the fall!!!

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    1. I know a lot of people who enjoy the snow much more when they can sit inside with a cup of hot chocolate and look at it through the window.

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  2. Hi Jennifer - your post made me smile (partly because of the picture - too cute) but also because I am a huge fan of winter. This brought back memories of me and my siblings packing the snow down the side of our house where we had hours upon hours of fun.

    Our weather, here, has changed, sadly, but as an adult I guess the thought of shovelling all that snow now has me thinking it's okay to have a little less of the white stuff. (until my inner child takes over)

    Wonderful "W" post.

    Jenny @ Pearson Report
    Co-Host of the Blogging from A to Z Challenge.

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    1. This winter was kind of a dud everywhere.

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  3. I live in the Middle East and winter here is the perfect weather!

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  4. You'd think I'd be sick of cold weather, living in England and all, but I absolutely LOVE Winter. Not just the snow: I love the cold and the cozy nights by the fire, and being able to snuggle up in my bed and listen to the bad weather outside. I also love walks in cold weather, because I'm crazy! Great post :)

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    1. I love winter and snow. Where I live now, we get snow, but not a huge amount. I miss it.

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