It’s not just the blog that is in deep freeze. This was how the weather here looked the other day:
Frustrating at so many levels. This is not unprecedented cold, mind you, just too cold for early December. We do get this kind of weather in mid-January and February. But to start winter with this much cold is not fun.
No, I do not live in Canada (in case you are wondering) or Alaska. It was actually quite a shock to visit Alaska and find that parts of the state are much, much warmer in the winter than our upper Midwest. Take Juneau, the capital – the temperatures there rarely go below zero celsius. Look at how Juneau looks like this month – although, okay, it does snow a lot. They probably need snow throwers more than refrigerators over there.
I don’t mind snow as much – it is easy enough to clear, and at worst, it results in slushy sidewalks. Here, it is so cold that the roads are icy (far more treacherous for vehicles), the winds are blustery, and the only good thing, as you’ll notice – it is sunny. Until she experienced it firsthand, my mother could never bring herself to believe that it could be so cold and yet simultaneously bright and sunny.
Not only does the sun deign to only dispense light and not heat, it also does not believe in working for too many hours a day in winter. The days will get shorter and shorter until December 21st, until dusk falls around 3:30 pm and does that get depressing. In summer, it is light until 9:30 pm. Quite a contrast. I never believed all those geography (?) lessons about how the days are long in summer and short in winter – at best, dusk would fall an hour earlier in the winter.
It’s hard enough for us adults to get used to the short days. But here is what happens – some time around 5:30 pm, S will look up from whatever she is playing with, and look out of the window. Outside, it would be pitch dark and the moon would be shining.
“Sun Off ! Night !” she will declare and then “Up the Stairs” (to sleep). Now try explaining that it not exactly night yet, to a toddler. All the while, part of me too wishes I could sleep away this winter.