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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Yearning for a Winter Wonderland

Logging on to my computer this morning presented me with this:
Vancouver time and weather

I keep the time and weather sidebar on my computer set to Vancouver, just to torture myself at times of homesickness. Yes, after being away from Canada for 19 1/2 years, I still get homesick. It is especially acute when we are sweltering in the tropical summer humidity, Christmas is fast approaching and I know there is snow falling on the place I still call 'Home'.
Winter in British Columbia circa 1992
The place I still call 'Home': Overlooking the duck pond 1992.
Port Coquitlam, British Columbia
My children are very lucky, they have sunshine on their faces the majority of the time. They can swim all year around and whenever long pants are bought, they sit in the cupboard with tags still on, because it just never gets cool enough to put them on. But I can't help but wish for my boys that, one day while they are still young, they get to experience the cool tingle of a snowflake on the tongue, hear the crunch of the snow under their boots and know the joy of snowball fights and fort building.

This nostalgia is probably due to seeing Jack Frost zipping around the cinema screen in The Rise of the Guardians yesterday. Watching the children in the movie enjoy the wonders of winter, made me yearn for the cold climes. I wouldn't give up my tropical lifestyle, because I distinctly remember 20 odd years of wishing I lived somewhere warmer, but I would love to transport myself and my family to where Jack Frost nips at your nose, if only for a day.

Here is a favourite Christmas time song by a favourite artist - Winter Wonderland by Ray Charles.


If you live in a hot climate, do you sometimes wish for a play in the snow? 
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