Mavec: Walking in a Winter Wonderland
“I smell snow.”
Any Gilmore Girls fan will recognize that phrase, but anyone reading this paper can relate to it after the last few winter days we have had. With two winter storms in the last two weeks, it has been an adventurous first winter in North Dakota for me.
I had the absolute misfortune of traveling during Storm Blanche after the Thanksgiving holiday. Between flight cancellations and my car getting stuck in the snow at the Minot airport, it would seem that winter is out to get me.
The funny thing is, winter is my favorite season of all. I love snow and I love cold weather. I’m probably one of the few in the world who prefers being cold. This past Monday night, as the snow continued to fall heavily, I allowed myself to walk in the winter wonderland. The streets of Rugby deserted, I was able to enjoy the coldness and the magic that is snow on my own. There is something spectacular about the quiet that comes in the winter, with only the howling of the wind. It’s peaceful.
After a few snowy selfies and kicking around some snow, I went back into my apartment where my kitten, Solomon, proceeded to lick the snow off of my boots. I guess he loves winter, too.
With a mug of hot chocolate in hand and The Great Christmas Light Fight on my television, I curled up next to Solomon and smiled to myself. Winter may mean icy roads and snow days, flight cancellations and below zero temperatures, but it also means magical moments that ultimately warm the heart. Winter is a time to keep loved ones close, to celebrate those who mean the most, and to create memories that will last a lifetime. With Christmas just a short two weeks away, I’ll continue to enjoy the winter weather and know that with it comes the most wonderful time of the year. Stay warm, everyone!
Mavec is a reporter for The Tribune.
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