Living in Los Angeles for the past 12 years means we haven’t experienced winter. Winter was something we experienced on vacation up North or out of state. Now that we live in Austin, we catch a glimpse of the cold. On our first day in Texas (12/31), we bought coats, something we had never needed for the kids before.
The kids have still never experienced snowfall in their entire lives. When we first moved to Austin, Caleb asked: “Does it ever snow in Austin.” I was trying to let him down easy when I said: “Sorry buddy, it very rarely ever snows here.” His immediate response: “Great! So there’s still a chance!”
Now that we are facing the biggest storm of the year, one that will affect 1/3 of our country, it makes sense to think about the positive (since we may have to get used to this for a few days).
Winter has its benefits. Of course, Austin, TX winters are way more mild than what most of the midwest, Northeast, and Canada experience. Even so, some of the benefits include wearing warm clothes, snow days off from work or school, hot chocolate, reading a book or watching a movie by the fireplace, and so many more.
What is your favorite benefit of winter?
Sometimes it takes the winter to help us to truly appreciate the spring.