Winter weather in the Washington D.C. area is eclectic. Late fall into early winter, November and December, we bob between temperatures. This week, it’s been freezing one day and almost 70ºF the next. True winter weather, January and February, isn’t a lot more predictable. In 2010, we had back to back snowstorms and a blizzard. In 2011, I never even needed a coat. Most winters are simply cold and messy with sporadic snow and freezing rain. They’re more inconvenient than anything else.
Sometimes winter doesn’t always end when it should as my husband will attest. When he first arrived in the U. S. from his home in Rio de Janeiro, it was April and he was dressed in shorts and a t-shirt. He walked out of the airport and straight into a late snowstorm. Welcome to America! Welcome to our nation’s capital! He was so cold he couldn’t think straight. He left his passport and wallet in the cab. Fortunately, the cab driver kept them safe and my husband was later able to retrieve them.
If you ever want a good laugh, you should watch us drive in the snow. We’re such amateurs. Coming home from work during a blizzard, I came down a curved ramp to the interstate. A snow plow had just passed and piled a wall of snow across the ramp in front of me. I got out, grabbed my shovel from the trunk and began clearing the snow. Cars were sliding down the hill behind me so I was hurling the snow out of the way like a mad woman. The next morning, on my way to work, I found myself in the same situation but it was dark and I didn’t want to have another car run into me as I dug. Seeing no
oncoming cars on the interstate, I floored it. I hoped that my aged little car could plow through it, that I wouldn’t spin all the way across the highway, and that I wasn’t wrong about ‘no oncoming traffic.’ Fortunately, I didn’t kill my car, myself, or anyone else that day.
I like living where there are four seasons. That doesn’t mean I have to like them all equally. “It’s almost winter,” she said pouting. “Where’s my hot chocolate and my shovel?”
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