I grew up where you don’t have to wear gloves or hats to keep warm. I never heard of moon boots or snow shoes. Easter was always outside and I could ride my bike on Christmas. Ice fishing was unheard of and having a bonfire on the ice was the most insane thing we would have even heard of!! I’ve come to get used to most of these things being the norm around here. When I first moved here I thought, my goodness it would have sucked to grow up here. Going months without being able to swim outside or ride your bike. Having to walk in sometimes 0 degree weather to get to school or standing at the bus stop. Having to put layer upon layer to keep warm. The time it takes to get all that on just to go outside for 10 minutes because any longer than that is unsafe!!! At my sons age now I would not have even been able to fathom that! The one thing I still can’t get used to is driving on the lakes! On our way to bowling Monday Jason decides to veer off the road and onto a lake. I immediately roll my window down (I’ve been told to do that) try not to panic and remember to breath! Mean while Bailey’s in the back hootin and hollering!!
Raising Bailey here has made me change my outlook on growing up here. Growing up here would have been great. I see all the great things we can do during the winter. In all actuality I think it brings families closer. I’m in no way saying warm states aren’t close knit families. You have to find things to do to keep you busy. During the summer we’re almost always outside. Always together but usually with friends also. Winter times comes and we all kind of hibernate in a way. We’re obviously not out as much. On warm days we hit the hill over on the golf course to go sledding or build snowmen. For the most part we’re indoors, we play more board games. We go bowling or go to the movies or out to mom and dads house. Really other than that we don’t go anywhere. Which leaves lots of time to just be together. Bailey spends a lot of one on one time with his uncle because they both love to ice fish. Instead of reading the normal 20 minutes at night we can finish a whole chapter book in one day. We do more art projects. We spend so much more quality time together. I love spending time with my family. I guess I’m kind of selfish when it comes to them. So living here works out for me!!!
To be honest there was no point to this post. I think that’s my problem. I think there has to be a point to what I’m saying. Like I have to have a hot topic or something. These are just some of my thoughts, more are to come and I’m warning you…they may not all have a real point either! LOL