Sunday, January 23, 2022

And Winter...


...Marches On.  

The good news?  Spring is less than 2 months away!

me on Sunday, March 20th, 2022


You'd never know it, but this native Texan really did try to fall in love with winter when my folks moved us north in the early 1960's.

Snow was definitely a novelty to us southern boys when we first arrived in Pennsylvania and we soon joined in the winter rites of bundling up and building snowmen.

Since we had some hills on the 7.5 acres where we lived, our parents turned to the trusty Sears catalog and bought us flexible flyer sleds...


...downhill skis...

everything you need to know for a quarter...such a deal

...and eventually, Snurfers...


Yep, the original snow boards...nothing to hold your feet in place, just a rope from the front of the board that you gripped in your frozen fingers while you did your best to balance on the slippery surface with your icy galoshes.

And, since my Dad was a native New Yorker, we also got ice skates and hockey sticks.


And boy did we rejoice whenever the white stuff presented us with a heretofore unknown gift called a "snow day".

You mean they actually cancel school when it snows enough?

Woo hoo!  Bring on the blizzards and don't skimp on the hot chocolate by the fire, either.


So by rights, I should love winter, right?  Or at the very least, greet its onset with fond memories from my idyllic childhood days.

I've tried...I really have...all those years I did my best to get out in the winter weather and enjoy the frozen months from December through February.

Bottom line?

I don't like being cold.  Never did, even as a boy.

My yankee friends could stay outside seemingly for hours, frolicking in the white stuff, but me?  After 30 or 45 minutes, I was done.

Don't get me wrong...it's pretty, even beautiful, when the land is blanketed with a fresh snowfall and the fir trees are decorated in tufts of marshmallow white.



And there's little I enjoy more than sitting by a warm fire on a cold winter day.



So I've made an uneasy peace with my cognitive dissonance re: winter...kind of like having a pet that bites you once in a while, I guess.


It's annoying enough that you're almost willing to do something about it, but not quite...not yet...

But someday...you wait...I just might actually solve this problem...really!

Until then...put another log on the fire.

later, mcm fans...

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