Parenting Tales, Points to Ponder

Dear Winter, I’m Breaking Up With You

Saturday was a teaser. A beautiful almost 60 degrees and a good deal of sunshine.

I could be comfortably outside minus a heavy coat and felt an extra pep in my step. Oh the possibilities of spring! I can’t wait to plant a garden! Paint my kitchen! Clean out the garage!

Then the next day came, bringing with it that familiar icy chill in the air and snowflakes falling once again overnight.

I’m not even gonna ask you if you’re fed up with winter. I KNOW you are, unless you’re some arctic-loving freak—oops, I mean person.

I have had enough (actually, I had had enough by early February) and here are my personal signs that it has been a heck of a long winter:

1. Kids are starting to get disappointed when it’s a snow day. For real? Yep. They’ve had enough too.

2. Every activity that me, my kids, or my family is involved in has been cancelled or postponed at least twice. Every plan on the calendar I now automatically think of as tentative.

3. Never thought I’d be jealous of someone living in Alaska in the winter, or of the outside event spectators at the Winter Olympics. Now I can say I have.

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4. If I see another Facebook post with a picture of a ruler stuck in the snow I’m going to whack that person upside the head with it. Same goes for the car thermometer pics.

5. My kids’ snow pants are no longer in good enough shape to be a hand-me-down. The snow boots aren’t too great either.

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I finally broke down and bought Andrew a real, not-from-a-thrift-store pair of new boots because I was tired of duct-taping his old pair.

6. Not only do we have a “Normal” school day routine, but a “Snow Day” routine and a “Two Hour Delay” routine down pat. A lot of the snow days I had 2 of my nieces as well. (Yes, if you are counting that is 7 children here and yes I’m still sane. Sorta.) It’s kind of sad when they think a Snow Day at Aunt Rachel’s is just the norm.

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7. Our family has gotten more than their money’s worth out of Netflix. Sadly, we have now seen every single episode produced from several different series.

8. Our van went for several weeks on the same tank of gas. This happened a few times. My excitement over not spending as much on gas is overpowered by the realization of how much we are paying for heating fuel.

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9. I have now heard of the terms Polar Vortex and Thundersnow and can tell you what they mean. My kids are on a first-name basis with all the weathermen and weather girls.

10. I am starting to think we can easily combine graduation parties with 4th of July picnics. You know, a Two for One deal.

Okay, I’ll stop there as I’m sure you are positively sick of reading about people who are sick of winter. I’m sure you have your own list on the topic too.

Let’s focus on Spring and Summer, shall we?

This sign says it all…

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