Spring! – I hope so!

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Flor (20)Surely it must be spring! At least, the calendar says so. But this year, spring in the province of Ontario seems to be coming very late, or maybe it was just that winter started too soon.

Local neighbors and friends don’t seem to agree, some say they have enjoyed while others hated this weather. One thing is for sure, no one has seen weather like this in the Greater Toronto Area, since the 90’s.

For my family and me, this was part of the fun that came with the adventure of coming to a new country, in the north. For us, the winter was good, even with the 40 cm of snow we had in one day. However, the -30°c., wasn’t very nice, but we all learned to bundle up and enjoy the outdoors.

For someone that has lived in an endless summer, sometimes warmer than the regular 25°c, having fun in snow was always exciting. So for my family, winter was good even with the shoveling, the slippery driving and the cold days. I have to confess it got a little tedious when I had to dress and undress my children and myself in this weather. By the second month of winter, we finally realized that this was not a vacation, this was life.

We had to get used to it, otherwise I think we would have felt out of place. For me, it was wonderful to see Canadians doing their jobs and enjoying their hobbies regardless of the weather. They didn’t stop just because it was raining or there was a winter storm. This year we had an ice storm that caused a great deal of damage with power out for days. Freezing rain like this storm is very unusual even for this country. I watched in amazement, the rain fell and even though it is wet, it froze as it hits the street. The trees shone, the power lines, house rooftops the streets and sidewalks, all sparkled with an icy glow; it looked so beautiful. But that beauty had plenty of consequences. The freezing rain left more than a thousand households without power for days; this was something that was really difficult for a city that had -5 to -12°c during those days.

The nicest thing about the weather here in Ontario, is that it changes. So by this day, April 13th after a wonderful white Christmas and a long and cold winter, nature has made space for the green to fill the outdoors.

It is incredible that two weeks ago we had snow in the streets and now we are starting to see tulips and plants emerge from the soil. I have never experienced something so wonderful, and I see it as a real gift that reminds me that when you think everything is done, life gives you another chance.

Sometimes people from the tropical countries don´t realize the gift they have. Now I start to understand why nature and preservation is a major issue for Canadians. It´s more than the weather, it seems to be a reason for living.

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