Monday, March 25, 2013

I don't seem to be happy about this.

You know what that is? It's snow. On March 25th. Not just after Southern Spring has started (around the first of March), but even after the official start of Spring. Yeah, yeah, nothing is sticking. But it's been flurrying all day long and it's freaking chilly. Not that it's stopping my son or his friends who came over this afternoon. It's their Spring break and they are running around outside, hooded sweatshirts their only concession to the cold. But oddly, although even a hint of snow usually causes people to cancel their appointments in droves, on the off-chance that they might encounter a snowflake on the road, all 8 of my scheduled patients showed up. It's like they all said, "Hell, it's almost April, we'll just pretend this isn't happening."
Sometimes when my son has his friends over, the little boy next door will tell me with great concern, "The teenagers are in the woods again." Like the Mongol hordes have arrived. I always assure him, "Sweetie, they're just kids, they won't hurt you." But they are loud and man-sized and to a 5-year-old they are both alarming and intriguing. He follows them around, running back to safety when they notice him. I find this amusing - my son and his buddies are actually a gentle lot. They may look fierce with their camo and machetes, but these same boys greet me with shy smiles when they arrive and make a point of thanking me for allowing them to come over. I'm happy to have them around. But you know what I'd be even happier about? Spring. I want it back, dammit.

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  1. I was SO thinking you today, while I was out running a few quick errands and it was SNOWING. Actually, by the time I got out there it was snow mixed with rain.

    "all 8 of my scheduled patients showed up. It's like they all said, "Hell, it's almost April, we'll just pretend this isn't happening."

    Same here. And can you believe I saw several people walking outside today without a coat, just in their shirts and pants, as if the snow and freezing temps weren't even happening?!?!

    Love the final paragraph of this post.

    "They may look fierce with their camo and machetes, but these same boys greet me with shy smiles when they arrive and make a point of thanking me for allowing them to come over. I'm happy to have them around."

    That is so sweet!

    X

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    1. I love the idea of you thinking about me while you're out and about!

      And I have several people come in coatless. We're all just fed up, I guess. But not me - I wear a coat! I hate being cold.

      I'm grateful that my sons have always chosen decent friends.

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  2. My son wore shorts today. Outside! It does get to the point where you say, 'To he'll with it! It's April!" His first tennis match for school is in two weeks. Should be interesting if we still have snow.

    I'm humored that the neighbor kid calls them 'The teenagers" as though they are the mob.

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    1. I see lots of kids at the high school in shorts this time of year. Brrr! Silly kids.

      That term always makes me laugh.

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  3. Well, nice switch.. we had sunny day with relative warmth in the air today. Upper 30's, in case you didn't know, constitutes warmth here. Last year at this time, it was in the 70's. *sigh*

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    1. Oooh. Upper 30's constitutes hell for me!

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  4. Sorry about your weather but glad you didn't get any cancellations! That's cute about the little boy. I wonder if his mother has been filling his head with things!

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    1. I don't think so - she just rolls her eyes when he says things like that!

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  5. That's actually kinda cute about the little guy's reaction to the big guys!

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    1. I remember being that age and thinking the nig kids were essentially grown ups.

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  6. haha the teenagers are in the woods....lol...
    we got like 7 inches of snow yesterday....crazy...and maybe a dusting tonight...where the heck is spring?

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    1. Sounds like a movie, doesn't it? And I wish I knew where Spring went.

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  7. None of my appts canceled either. And we have snow as well. But, this is the prairie. By March, we are so used to driving through snow that nothing really fazes us much. And then the first snow in November comes and we are all terrified again.

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    1. We never get used to driving in snow around here.

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  8. Yeah. Same here. My daughter and her family are on Spring break from Ohio, down south of us at the beach. Today it was high sixties. She's a real beach baby. I don't think she's impressed!

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    1. I wouldn't be either. That's a long way to go for temps in the 60's!

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  9. I had Spring, here in my hands, for about 18 hours yesterday. Then, somebody stole it from me. I think it was Winter, making one last mad dash to be remembered.

    This is not pretty snow, nor poetic snow, nor snow I want to shine a flashlight on in the dark. This snow is crap and I've had enough of it.

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    1. We did for a while weekend and some scattered days. I'm done with the cold weather myself.

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  10. Here too, but we sorta expect it in Newfoundland until oh, maybe May. I was reading that the crazy cold snowy weather has a lot to do with the melting of the ice.

    I enjoy the great days so intensely when dry and sorta warm. :)

    XO
    WWW

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  11. I'm glad you son and his friends are managing to make the most of their Spring Break.
    It is meant to be cooler here this week too, but I am once again thankful that there is no snow here.

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    1. I'm sincerely hoping this is winter's last gasp.

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  12. Yeah, um, well, sorry 'bout that. Sadly, the palm reader is back in Seattle, and no way I can get her to put some kind of reversal. It'll all end soon, I'm sure. If it's an consolation, it was 2 here this morning (you know, saw the man with no feet, so no shoes was ok....).
    Cheers.

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    1. No consolation at all. I am holding you personally responsible.

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  13. I'm loving that little boy next door

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    1. He's mostly a sweet kid. Except for tearing berries off my bushes.

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  14. We've had lots of snow in Northern Ireland, which is practically unheard of in March. I've known it to be 15C in mid March. And we have the same thing here of people wearing virtually nothing as if it's summer. No, pretending it's summer won't actually make it so....

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    1. I think we're all wanting to will it into being warm.

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  15. Does the 5-year old's parents know your son? His parents could reassure him that the teenagers are OK. I would a little concerned about teenagers in woods myself if I didn't know them. Crazy spring we are having.

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    1. They've known him for almost 6 years. I think it's just the way of 5 year olds to be worried about teens.

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  16. If your son and his friends went over and told the 5 year old neighbor's kid to stop tearing berries off your bushes, I bet he would stop. :) Happy Wintery Spring.

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    1. I think he'd just run away and come back later. But I think he'll listen to me.

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  17. lol. he sounds like a cutie this 5 yrs old!

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  18. Could be worse. Did you want to join us up here sometime last week? 25-40cm of snow in one day.

    Not surprisingly, there were over 100 collisions in the city.

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  19. So much snow! Crazy. I'm in NY this week and the weather is amazing. 50's! I hope it continues on. Otherwise you can visit me in LA!

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    1. I'd miss the mountains - the winter is what I pay for being surrounded by lush green hills.

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  20. that is so cute about your little neighbor and your son and his friends.

    as for spring, i couldn't agree more. we haven't had it at all yet!

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  21. Seems like a lot of people find teenagers intimidating, but usually those that don't actually spend much time with them. Weather looks icky -- I hope your spring returns to you as quickly as possible!

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    1. I remember how big teens seemed to me when I was in kindergarten.

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  22. Tsk. You poor thing, getting snowed on an all. :D

    Teenagers with machetes sounds pretty scary, even with the shy smiles.

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    1. I know, it's tragic.

      They are good kids, I promise.

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  23. It is so hard to imagine when it is so hot here. Beautiful pictures.

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