It’s so cold that I want to send a fruit basket to everyone in the Midwest just for being able to put up with these temps on a regular basis. This morning it was 9 degrees. Most of us think this is cold, but some of us love it! You know who I’m talking about. We all know someone who never ever thinks it’s cold. It could be 1 degree outside with penguins walking around, and people ice fishing in their front yard and skiing to work and there will be at least one person who is walking around in shorts and declaring how it’s “not that cold out”.
It’s abnormally cold where you are and everyone is so bundled up that the only thing you see are their eyes, and even those are covered by sunglasses. Not to block the sun, but so they can keep their eyes warm. There is always one person in the bunch that has a light jacket on in 10 degree weather and no hat, coat open to the elements, and casually walking outside as if its a balmy 75 degrees. They are always the ones who say, “it’s not cold!” As if to say everyone else has lost their minds and they are the only sane ones.
I once knew a girl who wanted to walk 10 blocks in downtown DC in 20 degree weather and thought I was an odd creature for wanting a cab. I was peer pressured into walking. As we walked, I looked at myself and my 92 layers of clothing like in the movie, “A Christmas Story,” where I could no longer bring my arms down. Then I looked to my friend, relaxed and happy with her coat open and no sweater underneath and questioned her sanity.
Bless their hearts these cold weather buffs must be made out of some other material than the rest of us. Or as one of my patients in dental school said after I injected him with anesthetic and he didn’t feel any pain from the injection, “my wife is right, I am insensitive!”. Maybe all of these people are just numb!!!
I don’t have all the answers. I wish I did. But I don’t….
I have friends from Michigan who think D.C.weather is down right tropical but even they have the sense to think that 20 degrees is cold. They are used to driving in multiple feet of snow and have to deal with it when the entire DC area shuts down because one flake of snow fell on some guy’s roof. In the past few days every road and highway in the area has been covered with salt and it has never even snowed!! I’m sure it frustrates people who grew up in colder areas to no end, so I understand.
When I moved to Miami for a year, all my years of living in the northeast and all those winters fell by the wayside like they never happened. The tough skin went away in the Florida sun. I instantly became a Floridian. When winter came and the temps hit 55 degrees, I, like my fellow Floridians declared that it was indeed freezing out and one needs a hat, gloves and a heavy coat in those harsh elements.
My defining moment that told me I lost my D.C. privileges and was officially a Floridian was a phone conversation I had with my mother that winter. I complained to her how cold it was outside and she told me how warm it was in D.C. When I asked her what the temp was, she said, “55 degrees”. She asked me what it was in Florida, I said, “55 degrees”…perspective…
Anyways, we just have to expect that it will get cold and for every group of people who say it’s cold outside, there will always be one person who thinks it’s balmy.
In the end, just don’t complain. It does no good.
I love it when we tell the person next to us how cold it is outside, as if the other person doesn’t know! Do we think they are walking around in a special bubble unconscious of the elements or something. But it’s what we all do. It’s like if you have a blemish on your face, or a gray hair and someone always feels the need to point it out to you…like u don’t know it’s there! Perhaps they believe you don’t own a mirror.
My favorite is when my makeup has a smudge and someone feels it is ok to rub their hand on my face during flu season. Maybe I like that smudge there
Happy Winter Season!!