NOTE: Ok, ok, soooo I wrote this earlier this week, when those promising hints of spring were first arriving. Before a giant blizzard landed on our state with a force so menacing that this post now sounds a bit ridiculous. That is what I get for pre-posting I guess! Ok, carry on….
At long last, the snow is melting and the temps are inching upwards. Just marginally, but there is upward progress. Spring has officially arrived, and I suppose that this means I must conclude my Winter Bucket List. Oh yes, about that. I know, I haven’t mentioned it in awhile. Somewhere around mid-February, I lost my vim and vigor towards cold weather activities. Six items on my list never got crossed off. Perhaps I was a bit too eager early on. At any rate, I feel that the list was still a success. This winter, more so than almost any winter in my adult life, I got out and made friends with the cold. In the land and ice and snow, I found myself frolicking–and enjoying it at that. I skiied and snowtubed and walked in a blizzard and made a snow angel and sat on a throne made of ice. I became the queen of winter. I piled on the layers, and greeted each subzero day and fresh dumping of snow with a smile. And, perhaps most astonishing, I did not long for, think of, or state my anticipation of summer once until the beginning of March. This surely must be a world record, as most of my friends were wishing winter away in early January.
All that being said, I feel confident crossing off one last item today, before I bid winter adieu.
embrace the cold, get out in it, and learn to love winter
Now that that’s been taken care of… I will ask the question that most of Minnesota is demanding an answer to. When, on God’s green earth, will I be able to wear shorts and flip-flops again???