What’s One More Day of Winter?



Is it schadenfreude when you’re not laughing at the misery of others, but laughing at their overreactions to things? It may seem cruel, but it gave me a bit of smirk.

You see, on this day, April 6th, it snowed. I looked out the window and the beautiful flakes swirled around like something out of a science fiction movie.  I wouldn’t call it a blizzard because very little of it survived its encounter with pavement or concrete.  The grass held onto it a bit longer, but even that was rather short lived.

The reactions of people really struck me. I heard so many curse words followed by winter that it was hard to keep track.  ESL teachers are a creative bunch; that much is sure.

One of my colleagues wrote a lengthy Facebook post entitled “Die, winter, die!! (Yes, two exclamation points). I wonder what those people over and Cambridge Analytica are going to make of that.

The reactions of my students are much easier to understand. Many of them come from warm (hot actually) climates completely devoid of snow.  That they thought winter would go peacefully can be forgiven.  They don’t understand that Winter doesn’t just give up.  Winter needs to thumb its nose at spring before giving way.

I am not saying I want winter back, but I wasn’t surprised that it wasn’t completely finished. Besides, it looked rather pretty.  Also, I know in the deepest depths of summer, people are going to be complaining about the heat.

Like I wrote above, perhaps it is wrong of me to chuckle (mostly inwardly) at the overreaction and creative use of expletives towards winter. I just can’t help it.

Perfect Moment might be a little stretch, but it was no doubt a little entertaining.



About Anthony

I am: equal parts rebel, romantic and shockingly average Joe. a writer trapped inside of an ESL teacher's body. an introverted attention seeker. a teacher who hopes one day to be called "Captain, my Captain." an intellectual who can do some very dumb things. a person whose Japan experience, despite being so long ago, still exerts a strong influence upon him. a lover of books, music, beer, hockey and Pizza.
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8 Responses to What’s One More Day of Winter?

  1. bribikes says:

    It has always been a rule in my mind that people should be allowed to complain about one season or extreme temperature only. If ya like it hot, tpcomplain all you want in winter. But if you dare complain about

  2. bribikes says:

    Oops, I hit send accidentally…give me a sec and I’ll finish my rambling

  3. bribikes says:

    It has always been a rule in my mind that people should be allowed to complain about one season or extreme temperature only. If ya like it hot, complain all you want in winter. But if you dare complain about the heat of summer….
    But of course no one follows my rule, not even me!

    • Anthony says:

      It’s a given that people will find things to complain about (the water is too wet) if there is nothing else to do. I just found it funny that a tiny bit of snow provoked everyone into looking weary and wondering whether winter would ever end. I haven’t had my boots on for about a month. I have worn my toque (hat) but not all the time. Earlier this week I went to work in my fleece and left the jacket at home.

      • bribikes says:

        I was just checking the weather forecast back home and it could snow the first Sunday I get back! But it is hilarious cause it isn’t winter, like you said, it’s just a bit of snow…

  4. leggypeggy says:

    When I still lived in Nebraska there was one year that winter dumped a huge blizzard on us in early May.

  5. Heide says:

    I’m with you, Anthony: I’m done with winter, but when those big fluffy snowflakes fall I can’t help but bask in their beauty. Not a perfect moment, maybe, but still one worth savoring.

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