Have you ever been so cold that you feel claustrophobic? As in, you feel that you can’t escape the cold? If you asked me this a few years ago I would have answered with a resounding “NO!” Since living in Colorado however (we actually usually have a fairly mild climate) I have experienced this phenomenon a handful of times, the most recent occurring over the past two months.
Several nights a week I have a quasi-long walk in the cold getting home from work. It’s nothing to write home about (though apparently worth writing a blog) but it can get pretty darned cold, like snot freezing cold. Last weekend however, the God of all good things allowed a slight reprieve from the cold. I looked at the forecast last Friday, saw the highs in the 60’s, and my heart rose to the heavens.
Since moving to Colorado I have adopted a policy. If the high for the day is projected to be above 60, I have permission to wear shorts. Therefore, last weekend, game on. I pulled out my favorite pair of khaki shorts, a great complimentary sweatshirt, and struck out to enjoy a day of warm-ish sunshine.
Man did I have a rude awakening. The high did not reach the 60’s, the wind knocked me around chapping my sun starved, white legs, and I froze for most of the day. As I closed the evening shutting myself indoors with thick socks and warm pants I raised my fist in indignation and shouted to the empty air, “I shaved my legs for this!!!”
Was I silly to get my hopes up about a warm February day? Probably. Is the weather in Colorado as inconsistent as Olympic skaters landing triple axels? Admittedly, yes. Was my attempt to wear shorts really just this Georgia girl’s way of yearning for a little warmth and sunshine? With all of my soul, absolutely.
I do not curse the winter; it is just doing its job like the rest of us; and, I thank it for its services. I do hope however that, unlike my reaction to the USA’s Olympic hockey losses, winter will graciously accept defeat and give way to the leg-shaving sunshine of spring. Until then, my shorts will bide their time.