Suck It, Old Man Winter!

Some people love winter.  I am not one of them.  I despise being cold, don’t enjoy winter sports and resent being inconvenienced by school closings and slow driving conditions.  I am not made for winter so needless to say, I did not welcome Jonas last weekend.  It was just too much.  Too much snow, too much work, too much forced togetherness.  The Blizzard of 2016 was literally a pain in my ass (and back), thanks to an entire day spent shoveling nearly three feet of snow!  I know I shouldn’t complain because until last weekend, our winter was actually pretty mild.  But I’m good at complaining, so I will.

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Being snowed in because of the blizzard sucked.  I will admit that it was kind of nice at first.  Nowhere to go, nothing to do … although I was a little miffed that I couldn’t get to boot camp.  The boys had fun sledding, there was football on TV and we had a fridge full of food.  Life was good … until it wasn’t.  Quality time together quickly dissolved into a forced imprisonment.  Too much togetherness (one day is nice, but five?) and too much work (an entire day spent shoveling and snow blowing almost 3 feet of snow is back-breaking work!) killed all the joy that could have been.  And don’t get me started on the mess!  From piles of wet clothes everywhere to white rock salt stains on the hardwood floors, I was not a happy camper.  So after a weekend of digging out from the storm, I went a little over the edge when the robo-calls came in announcing school closings for Monday and Tuesday and a 2-hour delay on Wednesday.  Let’s just say that a few colorful profanities were used to express my displeasure.

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I know it could have been worse.  We never lost power (thank goodness) or ran out of food, and the boys finally put on pants for the first time all winter (at least while they were outside sledding).  Jonas created a beautiful landscape that reminded me of why I love living in Chester County, but unfortunately, the beauty is now gone.  What’s left is a pile of dirty snow, filthy floors and lots of laundry.  Plus, I’m still sore and very cold.  So I say suck it, Old Man Winter.  It’s time for you to go because I am officially done with winter.  Anyone else ready for spring?

– LJDT

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