I hate winter, especially when it happens to be spring.
It’s officially been spring for almost a month. And for a while it looked like we were climbing out of this horrible, god forsaken, winter. The snow had almost melted, the grass gave signs that it was going to turn green again at any moment. The birds were singing and the ice was thinking about going out on the lakes.
There were signs of spring… followed by summer… in the air.
You could smell it and you could hear it.
And now it’s gone.
We got 4 or 5 inches of snow the other day. I’m not even sure when it happened and I’m not going to look it up because I really don’t want to acknowledge it.
If I acknowledge the snow, the return of winter, it might never go away.
And it needs to go away because I am pretty sure I can’t stand it any longer. It’s the middle of APRIL for CRYING OUT LOUD. It’s not supposed to look like this outside.
Sure, we are a hardy stock in Minnesota. We are accustomed to snow in the spring months. According to Wikipedia the latest recorded snowfall was June, 4th 1935. I recall going to a John Cougar Mellencamp concert at the Orpheum on May 7th and being surprised by the snow that was falling that night. The difference was it didn’t stick around like snow has.
When we got those five inches last I didn’t get too upset because I really thought it would melt by the end of the week. I didn’t bother shoveling my back walk, the one that goes from the house to the garage. Now it’s frozen and it’s like a scene from Little House on the Prairie to get out to the garage.
I’ll weather this weather. This is not my first Minnesota winter and it won’t be my last. But I’ve spent a good part of my time searching for ways to get out of this state. Whether moving permanently or just to get out for a few weeks…it doesn’t really matter because no matter what happens, the snow will melt and within a week of that it’ll be 90 degrees with 80% humidity.