Only when you’re Up North does a blanket made out of hundreds of little wool hexigons with stuffing inside seem like a perfectly reasonable (and useful) gift to give a baby.
Only when you’re Up North does the weatherman say that we’re going to be “warm” this week when the weather is going to to in the 20’s F during the day. (that’s -2 C for any of you Canadians). And yes, oddly enough the sun did feel warm.
Only when you’re Up North do you drive south to visit your family’s cabin.
Only when you’re Up North do you shovel 3″ of snow in high heeled dress boots with your co-worker because, “it needs to get done.”
Only when you’re Up North do you see children dressed like this. What’s missing is her usual “double layer” hat. She likes to put her knitted wool earflap hat on first with the giraffe hat over the top.
Only when you’re Up North do you hear someone say, “oh fer cute!” when they see you’re knitting a baby hat. This is usually followed up with, “will ya make me one for my cousin’s daughter’s baby? She’s gonna have her baby any day now.”
Only when you’re Up North do you We all look for any pop of color against the white, greys and black of winter. At least we know that even Up North in the frozen tundra, winter doesn’t last. Until spring arrives, we’ll soak up all the “warm” days we can while shovelling and try to get the Vitamin D