Southern Goth in a Northern Town-April 2018: Four Actual Seasons

“March – in like a lion, out like a lamb, or vice-versa”

“April showers bring May flowers”

So I’m wondering what March snow means. Is that a lion or a lamb? And what does April snow bring? Not May flowers, I figure.

Not that I’m complaining. I vastly prefer snow to miserable, cold rain. If we could skip that part of Spring, I’d be fine with it. Honestly, though, I think maybe we did skip the March rain in favor of snow this year. It’s been odd.

Der Mann has said that he has enjoyed living here because he gets to experience four distinct seasons again. I then give him A Look.

To be sure, I like the idea of four distinct seasons; in the South, we get summer, and what we call winter, but which is really just a dreary, colorless autumn with the trees leafless. We rarely get freezing temps, and even more rarely do we get snow. If it goes below forty degrees, you’ll see us Southerners in parkas, boots, scarves, hats, and gloves.

We’re used to heat.

So living in the North has been a revelation to me. There’s definitely summer heat, but the summer humidity is about half (sometimes even less!) what I’m used to having. It’s strange to go outdoors in July and not be gasping for air. Seriously, July in Georgia feels like trying to breathe through a wet wool blanket.

Spring here is a misery. To be sure, there are spring storms in the South – tornadoes and hurricanes, along with the rolling thunderstorms and daily afternoon showers, and these are not always pleasant. But the rain is rarely cold, and if you love storms like I do, a Spring storm in the South is a fantastic chance to go out and dance in the rain. However, Northern Spring is torrential rain that is cold and hard and gets under your wraps and into your bones. Personally, I find a Northern Spring much harder to tolerate than a Northern Winter.

Then comes Autumn. I love Autumn anywhere I am, North or South, East or West. I will say, though, that in the North you get a much better (and longer) autumn season. It cools off sooner, and the tree leaves turn colors weeks before they go bare for the winter, so you have time to actually enjoy them. There are still leaves in the trees during October, so The Best Holiday comes in Halloween colors. Glorious.

Winter brings the snow, and by now we know how I love the snow. People up here complain non-stop about it, and I still get weird looks when I run to the windows to watch the snow fall. But it’s so beautiful, and beauty should never be taken for granted. And doesn’t everyone love a White Christmas?

So that’s my take on the seasons: I like Northern Winters, Southern Springs, Autumn everywhere, and Summer nowhere.

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