And then there were seasons!
I am from south Texas. The main season one experiences when growing up in south Texas is Hurricane Season. Moving to a region of the country that experiences four legitimate, quintessential seasons is completely new to me. When I was in the first grade my teacher had a calendar that listed the months of the year in order starting with January on top and listing each month in order one below the other all the way down through to December. This is how I learned the months of the year, and this is how I visualize the months in my head, still, to this day. Each of these month placards was decorated with traditional depictions of holidays or weather usually associated with that month. The January had snow flakes and Happy New Year symbols; February had hearts and a blanket of snow. September had falling leaves; October had pumpkins, etc. Cognitively I have always known that there are places that have four different seasons, that there are places with changing leaves and snow, but knowing in your head and knowing from actual experience are two different things.
We had a beautiful fall here at the farm, and I anticipate future falls will be even more beautiful as we had a bit of a drought at the end of the summer. Our winter has been the real deal. We’ve had snow, freezing temperatures, and in general, a very magical and winter-wonderland-type forecast for the past several weeks.
Top things I have learned about winter so far:
1. Snow is sparkly and magical
2. Snow flakes actually look like the things you cut out of paper in elementary school.
3. If you go outside with wet hair in sub freezing temperatures, your hair will freeze. It really will.
4. Icicles are real, and hard to spell.
5. Snow is really really sparkly and magical.
6. Two snow days are great, three is too many.
7. I have a lot more to learn about sledding.
For more details on my ineptitude at sledding, behold the comically awkward video below.