Tuesday, October 21, 2008
A morning ambulance call sent me out of the house pretty early today and I was shocked at what I found: ice on my windshield. For all my talk about loving the change of seasons, I must admit that I always forget the inconveniences that come with winter. Not that scraping ice off is the worst thing in the world, but it took me by surprise - a sign of things to come.
Cold weather is not terrible - I enjoy a new snowfall and the magical way it transforms everything within sight. When I was in high school there was an exchange student from Thailand and I will never forget the look of wonder on his face when we walked out of school one November and he saw his first snow. He was in awe of a phenomenon he had only read about back home and his face glowed with the wonder of it. I think about it every year! But....it's only October and I really don't want to have to scrape the windshield quite yet.
Unlike many places where the seasons come and go at a snail's pace, we seem to jump from one to another around here. One day it's 70 degrees, the next it's 30. And the reverse happens in the late spring. It's bizarre.
Well one thing is for sure - colder days are at hand. Time to get out my wool sweaters and get those storm doors put up...