I left a tropical country for this?
Credit: Victor Mario Kaisar
Welcome to the first day of spring at Fanshawe College. Look at all that white stuff!
But no! This year there was no escaping from the “you had it easy this winter” chants from nearly everyone who lived in Canada all their life. This year, I got it all. And there was a ton of snow this year — even on the first day of spring… and the second day of spring... and the third... and the fourth. That really took the cake. Where I come from, back in India, the coldest we ever got was around six degrees, and that was at night, if we were lucky.
Isn't it supposed to be spring by now? And isn't spring supposed to be that time of year when all that snow melts and goes away for a good number of months? At least, that's what movies taught me when I was growing up. Instead it seems like we're going to go from snow one day to hot sun on the other, almost as if the weather gods flicked a switch somewhere down the line.
Don't get me wrong, I'd take cold weather over hot, blistering weather any day. And while you look at me with scorn for picking the cold over glorious sun, hear me out. Where I come from, while winter is ‘cold' at six degrees, in summer it tops 40 degrees. Pleasant weather? I hardly think so.
Which brings me to another point: I left a tropical country to come to Canada to freeze? Everyone back home thinks I've lost it. But that's where the fun begins. Walking out in long trench coats, with a ton of clothes under that, makes it seem just like the movies. Growing up, everyone wanted to do what they saw in the movies — hockey player, really cool superhero and so on. So why not be that guy dressed in 50 layers of clothes?
I recall a conversation with my dad when I told him, “It was warm,” when in fact it was far from being warm. I still got the same look of disdain from my dad, which to this day makes me chuckle every time I think about it.
Was leaving home to come to Canada and to Fanshawe College worth it? You bet. I've had a blast every single day I've been here, and from the looks of it, that isn't going to be stopping anytime soon. Old Man Winter's been fun, especially since I'm able to poke fun at a few of my friends in the United States who can't handle five centimetres of snow on a single day. With one year of winter experience under my belt, I feel just a little more welcome to Canada.
But as much as I love snow, let's be real; I could do with some warm, sunshine-filled days right about now.