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12/30/2009

Winter is Not Such a Wonderland

DSC_0435 I am a native Ohioan, so snow, sleet and salt trucks are nothing new to me.  We don't recall winters by what happened in our lives, but by how much snow we trudged through. 

I remember being six years old when the Blizzard of 1978 rolled through Columbus.  There wasn't much snow, but the wind blew it into drifts as tall as I was.  I remember standing atop one of them and looking down at my mom's car.  At that age, I may as well have been standing upon a mountain.

Shortly after that, I began my hate/hate relationship with Ohio winters.  I don't like to be cold, I don't like the slushy, muddy mess and I don't like driving in bad weather.  I especially dislike the fact that the sky is mostly gray from December through March.  I miss the sun so much during this period that I have considered buying one of those "happy lights".  Seriously.

I have harassed my husband and begged him to move out west, or south, or anywhere that it doesn't get chilly.  He, too, is a native Ohioan, but he is one of those kinds who actually likes the changing seasons.  I can't get him to budge.  Which ultimately leaves me moping and longing for flip-flops.

But, today I watched my kids playing in the snow.  They were sliding, and making snow angels...and laughing.  They had snow down their necks and up their mittens and they didn't even care.  I guess it doesn't really matter how cold you are when you know you're going to get a piping hot cup of cocoa when you come inside.

So just for today I enjoyed the weather, I enjoyed the laughter and I enjoyed a cup of hot chocolate with whipped cream on top.

It's been 38 years, but maybe I can get used to this.

This is an original Ohio Moms Blog post.

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