A few nights ago I couldn’t sleep . The excitement of a pending snow storm kept me from falling into a deep sleep. I got up every hour to look out the window and see the snow accumulate. It was going to be a really big snow fall. All the schools were to be closed. A real snow day was fast approaching.
I was so excited!
Finally, it was time to get up and get my skies on. My classes were cancelled that day! I was a free bird. The big question I had on that day was should I go downhill skiing or cross country skiing? An important serious thought to ponder!
Before I hit the cross country tracks I had some errands to do. The roads were empty of motorists. People were told to stay home, kids were enjoying a snow day, and many cars were buried under the snow. So getting from one place to another was super easy. However, everywhere I went, people were complaining about the enormous amounts of snow and I constantly heard, “When in the hell is this winter going to end? It’s enough already! I hear the birds in the morning, isn’t it time for winter to be done? I can’t take it anymore.”
Frankly, I personally felt insulted.
Not my feelings at all! I’m in love with the snow and the winter. It was -2 degrees Celcius, which is about 28.4 degrees Fahrenheit, which is honestly not cold enough for me. The spring is pending as the sun is currently rising at 6:58 a.m. and setting around 5:19 p.m. Spring is in fact looming. It’s a lot closer than you think.
Yes, the birds are returning from southern areas and they are chirping in the early morning hours, which is a clear indication the winter is coming to an end.
I’m not ready for spring!
At this point, you might think, “This girl has gone crazy.” I have, I’m crazy for winter and snow! Most people can’t relate to this.
Errands finished and off to Mont Royal to cross country ski! Specific layers of clothing for the wind, snow and temperatures on, skies waxed, water in the waist pouch and for a change, David Cassidy was in my ears!
The song, I Think I Love You, was blasting. Here is the link for your playing enjoyment:
I was sleeping and right in the middle of a good dream
Like all at once I wake up from something that keeps knocking at my brain
Before I go insane I hold my pillow to my head
And spring up in my bed screaming out the words I dread
I think I love you (I think I love you)
This morning I woke up with this feeling
I didn't know how to deal with and so I just decided to myself
I'd hide it to myself and never talk about it
And did not go and shout it when you walked into the room
I think I love you (I think I love you)
I think I love you so what am I so afraid of
I'm afraid that I'm not sure of a love there is no cure for
I think I love you isn't that what life is made of
Though it worries me to say that I never felt this way
I usually listen to everything Elvis while I cross country ski, but that day was different. That day was a gift for all cross country skiers! Forty centimeters of fresh snow had fallen, the tracks were perfectly groomed, the temperature was -2C, and the wind was calm. It was the perfect day to ski! So, I had to hear my anthem singing to me, “Waaaaaa Think I Love You!”
Yes, that was me, the David Cassidy singing gal skiing up and down tracks 2 and 6 with a smile on my face. But, I wasn’t alone. I was with so many other skiing enthusiasts, smiling and enjoying the gift of pristine fresh winter snow in February. This is love!
On the mountain I heard other statements I can better relate to such as, “Le meilleur jour pour skier. It doesn’t get better than this. El perfecto day. It’s a beauty out there; you are gonna to love it!”
So, David Cassidy and I went for a glorious ski up and down the mountain on freshly groomed tracks. I saw other people snowshoeing, tobogganing, riding fat bikes, walking hand in hand, running, skating and trick skiing. So much joy and happiness was all around me. Smiling faces with rosy cheeks are so cute.
If you have never cross country skied before, now is the time to go, this week! Seriously, you have to do it soon. Every day, the sun is looming higher in the sky and with it will be the wet thaw, which immediately ruins the surface of the tracks. You can rent cross country ski equipment at Mont Royal in Montreal. There are ski tracks and routes for almost every level of cross country skier.
I hope my readers will take up my suggestions and go cross country skiing. If you hear someone singing David Cassidy or Elvis songs really loud, there’s a very good chance it’s me.
Spring, spring go away
Come again another day
Suzanne needs to ski and play
David Cassidy songs today
—Suzanne Reisler Litwin