When I was a boy, my feelings concerning the Winter season were more positive, especially when a major snowstorm resulted in one or more days off from school. But as I grew up, I started to dread Winter in more ways than one — especially when I was saddled with the growing responsibility of shoveling the driveway in front of my family’s home, making me long for warmer climates. (Although I’m painfully aware of what Southern California has had to deal with as a result of the recent storms that took place last week.)
For the past few days, I’ve been doing a fair deal of shoveling snow as a result of the blizzard that crippled the East Coast this past weekend — and as in past years, I’m already growing sick and tired of Winter, and the headaches (and body aches) that go with it, not to mention the possibility of a traffic accident or coming across a snow shower every time you take a car ride. Not to mention the frigid temperatures associated with Winter. Having lived in New England all my life, dealing with Winter is a painful fact of life (and I use the term painful very strongly). On the other hand, I didn’t really ask to be born in my hometown of Winsted, Connecticut, which has seen its share of harsh winters in its almost-250 year history. If I were a bit more wealthy, I’d spend my winters in a warmer climate — but that probably won’t be happening to me anytime soon, and especially in the wake of the recent global financial recession.
I’m sure that the Winter season has its defenders (including those who enjoy skiing) — but I’m also sure that most of them weren’t born in the Northern section of North America. As 2010 ends and 2011 begins, I’m hoping that I can survive this winter, and that we’ll get a early spring thaw come late-February or early-March.
That is, unless Old Man Winter says differently.
John Lavernoich is the author of the novels Code Name: Chameleons and Chameleons To The Rescue, as well as close to three dozen articles and short stories that have been published in print and on the Internet — to learn more about Mr. Lavernoich and his writing achievements, please visit his official website (http://jlavernoich2008.web.officelive.com/default.aspx), as well as his pages on Windows Live Spaces (http://cid-ef88d131988ab38f.profile.live.com), Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/john.lavernoich?ref=name), MySpace (http://www.myspace.com/jlavernoich), and Twitter (http://twitter.com/JLav65).
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