I can remember a time, probably in my early teens, when thirty sounded equally as old as eighty. Somehow I'd rationalized that, by thirty, all the questions of life would have been answered. All the knowledge that was to be imparted to me would be... imparted. Sometimes I find myself thinking back to that time when I need a laugh.
This week, in the advent of my first real snowstorm, I came to accept what I've known for over a year now, writing in this blog.
A woman in in her thirties learns:
1. The difference between mittens and gloves.
I mean, I know the difference. But the California girl in me always thought that mittens were for little kids, and gloves were for adults. I honestly thought that until a couple of days ago. But when complaining to my friends about how I almost lost my pinky finger to hypothermia while taking Daniel for a walk on Wednesday, they said quite simply, 'Everyone knows that if you want your hands to stay warm, wear mittens.' I nodded and pretended that I was 'everyone'.
2. To keep books on CD in her car at all times.
I am usually very good about this, but I was ill-prepared for the 1 and a half hour drive home I had on Tuesday while the snow came down. I think I heard the same NPR broadcast about Tiger Woods twenty times. Lesson learned.
3. Snow Days are Awesome.
My fellow teacher friends, there is nothing like waking up at 5:00am, turning on the news, and seeing that your district has canceled school due to severe weather. It is the magic of Santa, the Easter Bunny, and the Tooth Fairy, all rolled into one. And on that note...
4. No one knows ANYTHING (except my father-in-law).
L's Dad was the only one to predict that I would get a snow day. 'Be prepared', he told me. Everyone else I talked to, particularly my students, said, 'No way, they NEVER cancel school here! You're dreaming!' Well, sometimes dreams come true for a woman in her thirties.
5. Everything is better with Daniel.
I'll admit, my first snow storm was scary. Right now it is 11 degrees, which I still feel should be considered illegal. However, there's one member of our family who's loving every minute of this weather, and he reminds me of silver linings, of lemons and lemonade: