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?