Winter is like a relative who visits and stays too long. At first there is the excitement of getting reacquainted. All those great memories you shared over the years. Cozy evenings by the fire, building snow forts, walking in the snow on a crisp sunny afternoon, and the glistening frost decorating the trees branches. But winter just stays and stays for months at a time. You wake up in the morning and look outside – and winter is still there.
While spring is arriving south of the border or out on the West Coast, here in Alberta winter keeps hanging around. Day in and day out winter continues to deliver snow covered fields, slippery sidewalks and cold that bites at your flesh when you dare to not cover up completely.
Winter, Winter Go Away – come back another day…
Spring will come, followed by a short but wonderful summer and then a colourful quick fall – and then winter will be back again. There are four seasons and yet winter monopolizes the year by staying for about six months. November, December, January, February, March, April…and even into May. Last year after following the rule of waiting until after the long weekend in May to plant seedlings – winter squashed my dreams of fresh cucumbers by killing my seedlings with frost. Over the winter months the garden is blanketed with snow but surely by May the growing season can begin?
We Canadians love our four seasons, our winter sports, our white Christmases, our fashionable parkas and knitted sweaters – but we also love to complain about how winter overstays its welcome. Winter – take the subtle hint and pack up and leave.