Winter Woes

Written by Cathy

Something has been bothering me this winter. And I am afraid my reaction is a sign of aging. What’s bothering me is the weather. Here in central PA winter is supposed to be cold:

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This winter? There have been temperatures in the 50s!

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Not the kind of winter I remember.

Picture bulky wool coats, gloves, scarves, shivers and chills. I have these memories of winter when we would skate on the pond not just once, but weekend after weekend. Crack the Whip and then hot cocoa.

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With a marshmallow mustache.

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Scarves damp from mouth breathing, mittens stiff with ice. Then the smell of wet wool steaming on the radiator. That is what winter is supposed to be!

I know I am in danger of sounding like those old people–the ones who walked through knee-deep snow to school up hill both ways. I know. But that’s the problem. I feel like one of those people. Because I want things to be as they should be. I am not so capable of adapting to the unexpected.

I’m old.

8 comments for “Winter Woes

  1. January 22, 2013 at 9:18 am

    Scarves wet from mouth breathing…yes! And ankles, wrists and necks red and raw from sinister snow finding skin. I thought snow was the norm in winter not an unexpected surprise. I miss winters from my childhood! I guess I’m old, too. 🙂

  2. Mary
    January 22, 2013 at 10:58 am

    I think you’ve got your wish…it snowed and it is freezing! I’m pretty sure the ponds will be suitable for skating by the end of the week. I remember not being able to wear slacks to school so we had to tuck our dresses into our wool snowpants and we wore rubber boots with buckles. We took off our outerwear in the coatroom at school. I’m old too.

  3. Kathleen Gallo
    January 22, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    I agree – and I KNOW I’m old!! I LOVE snow (not to drive in, of course) but clinging to the trees, nice enough to make snow creations, fun to walk in, crisp air, and even snow shoveling! I hate the dreary, dull brown of winter without it!! I yearn for a weather cycle that brings SNOW, not freezing rain & ice!!

  4. Kelley
    January 22, 2013 at 7:08 pm

    I remember those winter days too! I was just thinking about skating on our lake all winter as a kid. Wondering now if kids in my neighborhood even get the chance to skate at all! I guess I am old too – I miss those days!!

  5. Catherine Pasierb
    January 23, 2013 at 12:09 am

    I am relieved to know I am not the only one! Remember using waxed paper to slide the boots over our shoes? We used to stay out sledding so long that icicles formed on our hair!

  6. January 23, 2013 at 9:05 am

    Our girls have been craving sledding down our front hill until they’re frozen to the bone then coming inside, pink skin everywhere!, for smores by a roaring fire in our fireplace, But, I guess be careful what we wish for because today it’s fridig and Friday they’re calling for snow!… actually, I can’t wait! Snowday from work?!… fire in the fireplace, playing in the snow with the kids after school…sounds good to me.

  7. Catherine Pasierb
    January 23, 2013 at 10:27 am

    Rose, hope your winter dreams come true!

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