I worked for a woman from South Africa about 8 years ago and we were talking one day as fall was approaching and she was saying how she hates it getting colder and then looked at me and promptly said, “But you people, you seem to welcome this cold awful weather. I just don’t get it.” And that was the first moment I actually stopped and thought about how I look forward to the winter each year. Even though I’ve never done a winter activity with even the remotest of success no skiing or ice skating for this girl. I’m frequently described with having the grace of a baby giraffe, zero coordination and more legs than I know what to do with.
So I had to stop and think, why am I ready for winter? and at the end of the day, I’m tired. Tired of the sun you say? How is that possible? Well I think it has a lot to do with the New England mind-set. You see when we finally hit spring we are running around with t-shirts on because its 37 degrees and sunny and we are darn thankful for it. And when we get green grass and 80 degree days we know this won’t last forever and we are going to get every, single, stinkin second out of it. Then fall comes and you get these amazing rich colors, temperatures where you can sit by the fire and be cozy in jeans and a sweater. These are things you welcome after a hot summer, just to cool down a little and still play outside, and you don’t want to waste a single second.
Then there are those who dread winter, they think the fall is OK but they long for the summer months to return. These people are pretty much outside my realm of understanding, but hey you do you. Once it starts to get cold all I can think is finally winter!! I’m ready to settle in for my long winters nap. And that weather makes an afternoon nap totally OK. Curling up on the couch with a book? Perfection! Finally conquering all those things around the house you put off all summer because you didn’t want to waste a second indoors can finally get done. I’m pretty sure this attitude was born and bred into by a long legacy of new England born and raised generations and it also makes me say things like, “Oh, you think this is cold? This is nothing!” and my other personal favorite, “Oh you have snow? You don’t even know snow.” These are the same mentalities that make us boast about being up and out the door at 6:00 AM to shovel three feet of the white stuff and then of course to reiterate to the masses how tough we are.
Are you born and raised in a seasonal part of the world like this? Are you from Minnesota and currently reading this and saying to yourself, “Snow?? She doesn’t know snow!” Or are you an import that can not understand why the rest of us think this mentality is totally OK. Let us know!