Winter-y Miss

December 6, 2009

it snowed in the Mid-Atlantic yesterday. actual snow too, not even like, “a dusting” or reports of flakes falling. real snow that you could see on the trees and on the ground and that i can still see this morning (though, 40 degree temps and lots of sun are working hard to eliminate the memory of our first snowfall of the season).

last night, i took the dog out for a long walk. it was nice and quiet, and really slushy. but we walked and played and looked at christmas lights on the houses and stuff.

and then it made me think about Chicago. sadface.

everyone says Chicago is best in the summer (and it totally is), but it hit me last night that i’m really going to miss the winter too. i mean, don’t get me wrong, the bitter cold of last january (you never really know what -17 feels like until the bus is late and you are standing at the bus-stop waiting…) was a bit much, and by march, you want to snow to go away and you’re tired of wearing layers upon layers. but i really am going to miss it this winter.

here’s what i’m going to miss the most:

1. The Mag Mile before Christmas. Yes, it’s ultra-touristy. And yes, it’s cliche and crowded and kind of stressful. But walking through throngs of out-of-towners who’ve come to the city to Christmas shop is kind of…festive in a way. The lights near the Watertower are pretty too. I mean, I’m kind of opposed to grotesque displays of Christmas cheer, but I’m a sucker for lights. Really, I am.

2. Snow for Christmas. Not really much to elaborate on here. Christmas is better with white stuff on the ground. Bottom line. And for some reason, the midwest at Christmas reminds me of holiday movies. Lights, snow, people all bundled up–it’s light Christmas movies in real life, all the time.

3. The Comraderie of Winter. After the first big snow or the first really cold day, Chicagoans are all on the same level. We were all freezing, standing outside, vying for spots under the heat lamps at the El stop, waiting for the morning train. We all were stuggling through 3 feet piles of snow on street corners in the loop. We all knew it was inevitable that we were going to slip and fall in the snow or worse–the gray slush–at some point during the season. And we all knew that coat-check season was upon us. The season of taxis instead of long walks, and the season of coming home from work on a Friday and not having the energy or the desire to bundle back up and go back outside to party. I’m going to miss that.

4. Public Transportation in Inclement Weather. This is really simple. I live in the country now. There are no buses or trains. I have to drive everywhere. And this area is notoriously god-awful at cleaning up after snows–even minor ones. Ugh.

5. SNOW. I grew to love the snow, even if it became tiresome after 4 days of non-stop snow. I want it back so badly. So, so, badly. mega-sadface.

This is where I used to live.


One Response to “Winter-y Miss”

  1. You’ll live in Chicago again someday. The winters sure as hell aren’t going anywhere. That pic of Maclean is pretty awesome. Remember that time we had planned on meeting up with B and Spencer for a snowball fight, but instead, just frollicked around in the snow and got peppermint lattes? I bet you remember falling on your ass too. Haha. That was fun. 😦

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