I live in New England. I was born here, and I have no intentions of ever living anywhere else. I love New England. I love 4 distinct seasons. That's not to say I love when 3 feet of snow knocks out our electricity and we're forced to shack up with my mom because the electric company is predicting another 6 days before they can get our power up and running again. That, I'm not such a big fan of. But, I still love living here. If I didn't, I would move elsewhere.
You see, I'm not all about natural disasters. Regular hurricanes, tornadoes, wild fires...pass, thanks. A blizzard doesn't scare me. Snow melts, power is restored, and the kids get a few days off from school. I'm OK with all of that.
Right now, we're having our first "real" snowfall of the season. Its so beautiful! I'm sitting in my house, surrounded by Christmas decorations, sparkling white lights on my Christmas tree and my banister, cozy and warm in fleece leggings and a hooded sweatshirt, watching the snow fall while my two adorable (read LOUD) children are sleeping. My house is quiet, and I am enjoying this blissful moment.
I know not everyone has an appreciation for winter, or snow...but I do. I consider myself lucky to have been born here, and to have grown up appreciating the four seasons and all they have to offer. And having children of my own now makes me even more grateful. My kids wake up to snow and its THE BEST DAY EVER!!! And I remember thinking the same thing when I was a kid :-)
I have lots of friends that live in warmer climates - Arizona, California, Texas, Florida - and this time of year, some of them like to post pictures of their beach days, or a picture of their 10 day forecast, to make those of us in the cold jealous. The thing is, it doesn't work for me. I just finished beach season, I'm over it. I really don't like to sweat. And sweats are so much more comfortable than bathing suits. The beginning of each season is so wonderful, full of hope and expectations. By the end of each season, I'm ready for the next one. Fall is my favorite season, ever. I love everything about it. But, this past week or so, when Mother Nature has been bipolar and we've had frigid weather alternating with mild no-coat-necessary weather, I've been READY for the cold to come and stay for a while. Its part of the cycle, and I wouldn't change that for anything.