The cold snap is just a part of our Montana Personality

December 06, 2013

Posted By: Shaunescy

I like to think of the weather in terms of personality. What we are going through right now is the cyclical reminder that we are all growing and changing. It's a little like puberty. I can see why you may disagree, dear reader. I mean, springtime with its pock-like mud puddles and nascent buds may bring a rich sense of fertility to mind but I think that nose-hair freezing weather is much more like moments from the teenage years.

This pure cold has a truly powerful magic. It is transformative. Not only is it what we feel, but the color and clarity of the air is different. An alien landscape.  The sun in the early morning is a peachy orange orb that you can look directly at. Really seeing it's roiling shape and relative size in a way that you simply can't on a sunny summer day. And at dusk, the light bends pinkly into the pine trees on the mountainside and for 5 minutes the whole world becomes an unearthly blue. Beauty.

It lashes out and makes everyone uncomfortable and not in an entirely unpleasant way. Personally, I really enjoy being witness to the awkward determination of a teenager signing-out, loudly , the wrong note during a holiday concert. Strong and clear, sustaining. It is attention getting and it makes the rest of the concert that much sweeter. Both, the crazy note in the song and the jarring cold, cause us to perk up and feel alive.  Appreciative of what's to come.

Winter, I welcome you back. Do what you need to do. We will embrace the challenge lovingly. We are Montana Parents.


All my best, BunnyFufu ~ The Housewife

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