Living a winter without winter
The whole idea of this trip was to see what it was like to spend an entire year in a stable (warm) climate. As I am one of the rare ones to actually LOVE our Canadian winter (how can you not love the sparkling snow, thrilling sliding sports, warm fireplaces and log cabins?), I figured this experiment would actually be a challenge for me.
For sure there was plenty of curiosity: What is it like to spend a whole year being able to wear the same clothes? Does our skin really tan? Will our dog grow her winter coat anyway? Is it possible to get tired of sunny, warm days? Will we still crave our usual winter foods? Can I survive without skiing a year? Will we get used to the heat?
(My answers are so far: great, yes, no, no, no, yes, yes!) But what surprises me the most is that I actually do not miss winter one little bit. NADA. RIEN. Not a bit! In fact at this moment I don’t think you could even pay me to go ski for a day. I have no desire to wear anything but sundresses, shorts, tanks, and flip-flops.
As Canadians we are always looking forwards to whats coming next. Our small talk always revolves around the weather and almost always ends in discussing the bonus of what the next season will bring: “the heat of the summer is coming!!”, “with Fall arriving it will finally be cool enough to sleep!”, “At least in Winter will be no mosquitos!” (et etc.) And then without any choice in the matter, every 3 months our clothes change, our sport equipment changes, our diets change, our houses get makeovers and of course so do our attitudes. We are constantly morphing like chameleons to fit with our ever changing temperatures.
After 34 years of living in a place where the seasons mean so much, it is amazing how easy it has been to adapt to no change at all. The weather isn’t much of a conversation (“nice day eh?” – “yep”), but it turns out there are plenty of other things to talk about.
However, I will add one last note: for our kids, it is has been harder than I was expecting. Despite hearing so often “kids adapt so easily!”, our experience is that it has been easier for us to adapt than for them. They miss playing in the snow and when they were asked to draw the 4 season for a school assignment, they were not at all confused on what to draw. Winter = snowman and they know our “sand-men” are just not the same thing.