The Love/Hate Relationship Of New England Weather

The Love/Hate Relationship Of New England Weather

Mother Nature changes it's mood here faster than your girl on her period.
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Anyone who’s grown up in New England knows that at any give point in time the weather can change. Currently, it’s April and there’s a blizzard, so if that doesn’t tell you how crazy the weather is here, you’ll just have to experience it yourself. While most college kids put away their ‘winter’ (ha) clothing when Spring rolls around, New England kids know better than to bring home or store away those snow boots and heavy coats that make you look like an Eskimo. Yes, us New Englanders insist you know that we love what we hate.


1. April Showers Actually Bring Snow


Where was the snow back in December? No worries, Mother Nature saved it for April so that all of us could pull out the coats we were sure would have gathered dust by now.

2. So Me Put in Work, work, work, work, work, work

You thought this meant a snow day? You have to be new here to think that a blizzard would shut this region down. Only in rare cases of a lapse of judgement or apocalyptic conditions does anything get canceled. It’s okay though; you’ll have so many near-death experiences you won’t know what to do with yourself.


3. Young Metro Don’t Trust Warm Weather

0-100 isn’t an unrealistic catchphrase, kids. Weather varies in terms of 20 to 30 degree separation throughout the day. No, not between days. It’s very much in the same day.


4. I'm Packin'

Only the essentials - an umbrella and a rain jacket. Be ready for moments of total downpour. They’ll either last for two minutes or turn into a thunderstorm that would scare your dog. Downpour or Draw Four - which would you rather?


5. Summertime Sadness

Usually cloudy skies or rain might make a person sad, but try humid sticky days that make you bow down to any kind of fan or air conditioning. College kids can be seen crying in their dorms with various fans drying their tears. If you’re lucky and you have air conditioning wherever you are, savor it.

That being said, we love our weather here for a reason. There is nowhere else in the world I’d rather be, even with the intense mood changes of Mother Nature.


6. Fall-in In Love

Fall, hands down, is the best season in New England. I’m sorry, but if you don’t wipe a tear at the sight of the leaves changing and the prospect of flannels, hot chocolate, football and balmy weather, then you’re probably Satan. Just saying.

7. Surfin’ USA

Yeah, it gets hot here, especially in July and August, but the beaches here on the East Coast are bar none the nicest beaches I’ve been to. I don’t trust the hot weather of the West Coast coupled with the warm ocean. You’ve got ice in your veins if you’re a New Englander, so the once-frigid Atlantic will feel welcoming to your scorched body.


8. Grass Dreaming

I don’t know if anybody has felt like I have when Spring rolls around and you spot green grass, but it’s fantastic. During the dreary days of winter, the skies look a little bit like your mood when you talk about your GPA. Any sight of grass and the shining sun turns me in to a squirrel instantly. SUN? WARMTH? GREEN?


9. Make It Rain

Yeah, okay, so the rain is unpredictable just like the rest of New England weather, but it’s probably the most beautiful thing to listen and dance to. Every once in a while, when it’s really hot, rain is the only thing I wish for, and often you can find me dancing like a maniac in it. It’s also my favorite thing to fall asleep to, hands down.


10. Love Sick

I don’t care if I’m going to have snow in May next year (though, yikes global warming) or 90 degree weather. I can never get sick of New England because it’s always going to surprise me. The foilage, the snow, the rainstorms, the heat, all of it is what makes us New Englanders so resilient. We can handle our weather; therefore, we can handle anything.

Don’t be fooled. It’s a process to become acclimated to this constant change in weather, but it’s worth it to live here. And if you were born here, you know just what I’m talking about.

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.
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Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.


7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

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Why The Idea Of 'No Politics At The Dinner Table' Takes Place And Why We Should Avoid It

When did having a dialogue become so rare?

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Why has the art of civilized debate and conversation become unheard of in daily life? Why is it considered impolite to talk politics with coworkers and friends? Expressing ideas and discussing different opinions should not be looked down upon.

I have a few ideas as to why this is our current societal norm.

1. Politics is personal.

Your politics can reveal a lot about who you are. Expressing these (sometimes controversial) opinions may put you in a vulnerable position. It is possible for people to draw unfair conclusions from one viewpoint you hold. This fosters a fear of judgment when it comes to our political beliefs.

Regardless of where you lie on the spectrum of political belief, there is a world of assumption that goes along with any opinion. People have a growing concern that others won't hear them out based on one belief.

As if a single opinion could tell you all that you should know about someone. Do your political opinions reflect who you are as a person? Does it reflect your hobbies? Your past?

The question becomes "are your politics indicative enough of who you are as a person to warrant a complete judgment?"

Personally, I do not think you would even scratch the surface of who I am just from knowing my political identification.

2. People are impolite.

The politics themselves are not impolite. But many people who wield passionate, political opinion act impolite and rude when it comes to those who disagree.

The avoidance of this topic among friends, family, acquaintances and just in general, is out of a desire to 'keep the peace'. Many people have friends who disagree with them and even family who disagree with them. We justify our silence out of a desire to avoid unpleasant situations.

I will offer this: It might even be better to argue with the ones you love and care about, because they already know who you are aside from your politics, and they love you unconditionally (or at least I would hope).

We should be having these unpleasant conversations. And you know what? They don't even need to be unpleasant! Shouldn't we be capable of debating in a civilized manner? Can't we find common ground?

I attribute the loss of political conversation in daily life to these factors. 'Keeping the peace' isn't an excuse. We should be discussing our opinions constantly and we should be discussing them with those who think differently.

Instead of discouraging political conversation, we should be encouraging kindness and understanding. That's how we will avoid the unpleasantness that these conversations sometimes bring.

By avoiding them altogether, we are doing our youth a disservice because they are not being exposed to government, law, and politics, and they are not learning to deal with people and ideas that they don't agree with.

Next Thanksgiving, talk politics at the table.

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