Where’s My Snow?

When I interviewed for my present job, they kept warning me about the harsh winters. When it snowed the first weekend after I moved, I thought, okay, I can handle this. It was so beautiful, and I got excited. We haven’t had but one other small snow since. I came up here hoping for cute college boys and snow. The cute college guys, I see all the time. One thing about Vermont, there is lots of eye candy up here. My three disappointments up here: 1) the days are short and I literally work from sun up to sundown; the weather is kind of gray; and it’s rained more than it’s snowed. Where’s my snow?

For those of you in New England and all points north who are going to say, “It’s coming, and you’ll be sick of it soon enough,” I know it is and I will be wishing for it to go away in another month or so, but I’m from the South. I’m from a climate that it’s rarely even cold enough to wear an ugly sweater to an Ugly Sweater Christmas Party. According to the weather forecast, I will fly back to Alabama next week and find thunderstorms and temperatures in the high 70s. For the past few weeks, we’ve barely gotten below freezing here in Vermont. While I may have frost on my windows in the morning, I haven’t even seen frost in a week or so. I’m told, so far, this is one of the warmest winters Vermont has had in many years. Several people have blamed it on me for bringing Alabama weather up north. Haha. One friend, who’s in northern Massachusetts, wrote me and said, “I think you brought your Alabama winter with you…..this sure isn’t typical for this time of year. Some of our flowering bushes are budding…this is not a good thing!!!!!” I know this isn’t typical. Where’s my snow?

I’ve never really seen snow in my life. We had a few times that it snowed in Alabama or Mississippi, when I lived there. I can count those on one hand. Even then, it was mostly ice storms not really much snow. I still get excited about snow. It snowed some yesterday morning, but none of it even stuck to the ground. In fact at one point it was snowing on one side of a building but not on the other. I watched it for a little while, but then it got so sparse that it was hard to see it out of my office window, so I went back to working. I’m looking forward to seeing everything blanketed in white. I know the novelty will wear off. It’s like in the movie White Christmas, they head to Vermont expecting a ski resort, but there is no snow. Granted, I won’t actually be up here for Christmas, and it might actually snow before I get back, but I’m still wondering: where’s my snow?

About Joe

I began my life in the South and for five years lived as a closeted teacher, but am now making a new life for myself as an oral historian in New England. I think my life will work out the way it was always meant to be. That doesn't mean there won't be ups and downs; that's all part of life. It means I just have to be patient. I feel like October 7, 2015 is my new birthday. It's a beginning filled with great hope. It's a second chance to live my life…not anyone else's. My profile picture is "David and Me," 2001 painting by artist Steve Walker. It happens to be one of my favorite modern gay art pieces. View all posts by Joe

3 responses to “Where’s My Snow?

  • jacki perrette

    I was going to say maybe the Heat Mizor is having his winter so it can snow in the south. 🙂 I never get tired of snow, though I’m not fond of it on the streets and I don’t like scraping my car.

    A friend of mine from CT was a docent at a historic house. I think it is the Humphreys House. She told me there were times in history when people shoveled the snow off their lawns and into the streets so that they could use sleds for transportation instead of wagons and coaches. I was amazed at the thought of such a thing. Those are the kinds of things that seem like magic to me. I wonder if the people from the 18th and 19th centuries would be amazed to see us clearing our streets, piling the snow up in our lawns.

  • Finistere

    Fear not, mon ami, despite Climate Change, you’ll get your snow….sooner or later. And when it comes, I hope you know how to drive on snow-covered grades!

    As a birthright Southern New Englander (Northwestern CT) who experienced eighteen consecutive winters there before decamping on life’s journey to wintry conditions in VA, MA, Vietnam (!), Germany, NYC, Spain and now Baltimore, I can guarantee it.
    In preparation, read Whittier’s “Snowbound.”
    Merry Christmas to you and yours.

  • troynbr2

    When I lived in Wisconsin, people were always fretting g if it was this nice this late because nature abhors a vacuum. Long Autumns means a late and frigid Winter. The yearly average will be maintained, even if it means -30s in February!

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