Winter...Yay or nay?

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

January 26, 2007 Ed Cartoon

Like three-down football and plaid shirts, cold, wet winters have been a Canadian institution for generations.

Worldwide, Canadians are known for surviving one of nature’s harshest climates year round, and many of our parents tell stories of walking to and from school knee-deep in snow.

Lately, however, winter has wimped out on us. Instead of bombarding us with heavy snowstorms or thirty-below weather, Mother Nature has given Canadians positive temperatures and slushy puddles more often than not.

Why is it, then, that so many of us complain about winter, even when it’s tamer than ever?

Do winter’s detractors want a shortened season, or even no winter at all? Let’s weigh the pros and cons of Old Man Winter, shall we?

First and foremost, Canadians should consider the impact a shorter winter season could have on our most cherished pastime: hockey. With the rest of the world catching up quickly in skill, we need the cold weather to ensure we remain atop the world rankings.

Other Canadian winter staples like cross-country skiing and snow-shoeing could perish without persistent cold weather. And what person doesn’t relish the accomplishment of building an erotic snowman?

Of course, winter has its downfalls.

Reduced sunlight often makes the time feel later than it is and can be depressing. The cold and dry weather also causes more illnesses than the warmer seasons do.

Most pertinent for university students, coat check at the bar is a royal pain in the ass, particularly when you don’t tip the ticket person and your jacket goes “missing” at the end of the night.

And of course, every kid wishes they could experience at least one Halloween without having to resize their outfits to fit their snow suit and Sorel boots.

Without resorting to an all-out brawl between the seasons, the best compromise is for Mother Nature to keep all the seasons intact but have them live up to their full potential when called upon.

After all, suffering the months of cold in winter makes it especially enjoyable to unleash our suppressed sexual appetites in the spring, while months of rollerblading in the summer revitalize our desire for our favourite winter pastime.

Thus far, winter has been mediocre at best, providing Londoners with spurts of heavy snowfall followed by weeks of balmy weather. The last few weeks have been promising, however, and it appears there’s still time to appreciate this year’s winter.

Now get off your ass and play in the snow while it lasts. Winter may not be your favourite season, but by enduring it we appreciate the other seasons more.

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