It’s the first day of winter and some are excited thinking about the possibility of snow. Not me. I hate winter.
Let me explain. My name is Shalama. I was born and raised in New Jersey, but I hate winter. Seriously. I am a Yankee to my core, yet winter is my least favorite season.
I hate the way the cold makes your bones hurt. The freezing wind leaves your face feeling like it was licked by sandpaper. I despise all the endless layers of clothes just to step outside.
I don’t know when I really started dreading winter. It was before I moved south. My mother tells me a story of my frozen fingers as a little kid where my father had to place my hands and feet on his skin to warm them up. Oh and there was the time in I think middle school playing the clarinet in the marching band where we marched in a winter parade from one side of town to the other. By the time we got to the finish I had no feeling in my fingers. It was the first and only time I drank coffee because there wasn’t any more hot chocolate and I could feel nothing.
It also didn’t help that when I first went to college. I went to Bloomsburg University in the mountains of Pennsylvania where it snowed from like October to March. And I’m not talking about a little bit of snow either.
Here are the 7 reasons I hate winter
While it may look pretty, it’s only pretty if you can stay inside. Shoveling it and digging out your parking spot is not fun. It also doesn’t stay white and fluffy long.
It gets dark early
Once it gets to 5 p.m., the sun decides it’s done for the day. Bring me the sunshine and heat.
Defrosting your car
Depending on where you live in the country, your car is most likely frozen over each morning. You may or may not have snow on it too. Bah humbug after the time it took to get layered up to come outside.
Driving in the rain in South Carolina is bad enough. If there is some ice or the tiniest amount of snow, it can be treacherous. People still drive as if the ground is dry.
All the clothes
Winter requires layers and layers of clothing to stay warm in most parts of the country. I love summer and the light material with flip flops, not the tights, hats, sweaters and gloves.
Of course it is cold, but cold is cold. What good comes from cold to your bones? Nothing.
Make sure you have chapstick and lotion on hand at all times. Your lips chap, skin cracks, your nose runs and more.
Things I do like about winter
Bring on the hot chocolate and peppermint tea. Hot chocolate is seasonal for me. Make it with warm milk and it’s like love.
Foods that stick to your soul
I am the first person to make chili when there is the slightest chill in the air. I actually make it beginning in the fall, but come winter it is a dish I can eat over and over again. Add a little bit of cornbread and nothing is wrong with the world.