Today’s tidbit of information
will probably clarify any rumours
that all Canadians actually love winter.
You may be laughing
but to some of us
hearing the dreaded words
“more snow on the way”
is yet another deflating idea
to complete the simplest of daily tasks.
Again, over the top?
Now the thing is
there are actually many
who welcome the new and snowy season
with that “childlike” enthusiasm
and acceptance of whatever old man winter
has in store this wintry season
but as I have quickly learned in my later years,
it doesn’t take too long,
especially in the midst of January
and a few blizzard conditions
under our belts,
the tides do turn.
Even the toughest and happiest
winter people lose their spirit
when shovelling their driveways
more than twice in one day.
As humorous as this may be sounding,
the biggest confirmation of all
that most Canadians just don’t want to deal
with one more winter
comes to us from the cities of anywhere
beach sand and golf courses exist
and when asked why did you leave
the beauty of Canada,
this pretty much sums it up!
Now a large portion of Canadians
don’t have the privilege or financial luxury
of heading to the sunny south.
Some are still too young to retire
and patiently waiting to trade in
snow-boots for sandals.
The thing is these folks
can be a little edgy when the topic of winter
comes to light.
(I know this, because I am one of them)
I suppose I should
forewarn you when confronting
these Canadians or taking a chance
on asking how life is going
in their neck of the woods
to please be prepared.
This may look like a typical, polite Canadian
out for a brisk winter walk
simply breathing into their scarf
on a very cold day
but I feel it necessary to warn you
to not be fooled.
We talk to ourselves in extreme cold conditions,
and we use the other
descriptive “F” word.
I will end this with a winter poem
that best describes
“winter hating Canadians”
who can recite it by heart!
Suppose I have revealed another rumour.
We sure swear a lot 🙂
Hang in there and make it a great day everybody!