Posts Tagged "winter"

The Flowers That Bloom in the (Freezing Cold) Spring

Dear Kid,

Welcome to Spring.


Yesterday in Pittsburgh I wore a T-shirt, a long sleeve shirt, a wool sweater, and my down jacket. And my Serious Mittens to clear the ice and snow off the car.

Ice. And. Snow.

Which part of spring includes ice and snow?

Which part of spring includes 42 layers of clothing?

Which part of spring includes snowboots and scarves and mittens?

Of course today is going to be about 112 degrees. Which makes no sense either.

Dear Mother Nature,

A little common sense would be helpful.

Happy Spring!! DearKidLoveMom.comMeanwhile, the crocuses have bloomed, the hyacinth are flowering, the tulips are exploring moving in to a condominium, and the little purple flowers that I can’t remember the name of are singing tra-la! (except for the one that have been eaten by the rabbits).

All of which means that Spring is here (tra-la) and sunshine can’t be far behind.

Hoping you have a happy (and warmish) day.

Love, Mom

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I’m Ready for Winter Is Going

Dear Kid,

I'm ready for Winter is Going. DearKidLoveMom.comI’m done with winter.

I know it’s still February. I know winter goes through March (no matter what Phil predicts).

But regardless of what the calendar or the prognosticating Groundhog say, I’m ready to put my winter coat away. Far, far away.

Yes, yes, I know that by August I will be screaming for cool-itude, but right now my bones are cold. And I don’t have solar heated socks.

Some people are never happy with extreme weather....

Love, Mom

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What’s the Worst Compliment You’ve Ever Gotten?

Dear Kid,

You look marvelous!

You’re so nice!

What a great pair of shoes.

In case you didn’t know, it’s Compliment Day.

Which is a good excuse for you to call your mother and say something nice. Like, “You are the best mom I’ve ever had!” or “I love reading your blog, mom!” or something else kind that involves an exclamation point.

Exclamation points are an important but not mandatory part of Compliment Day. For example, you could say, “Great job!” or you could say, “Nicely done.” Either will make the person you’re talking to feel good; which you choose depends on who you aim the compliment toward.

If you’re talking to a dog, always go for the exclamation point; if you’re talking to a cat, don’t bother.

I conducted a formal scientific survey to see what the best and worst compliments are. (Just to be clear, by “formal scientific survey” I mean “not scientific at all”.) The best compliments are the ones that are sincere; the worst ones are the sarcastic ones.

You probably do a good job of being kind to people and giving compliments on a regular basis. Today is just a reminder to continue.

What’s the best compliment you’ve ever gotten?

Love, Mom


You are the best son ever!

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It’s Gonna Snow! It’s Gonna Snow!!

Dear Kid,

They are predicting snow. People are rushing hither and thither laying in provisions for the impending storm. Milk? Check. Bread? Check. Toilet paper? Check. DearKidLoveMom.comThe weather forecasters are predicting snow.

A lot of snow. Many airlines canceled flights more than 24 hours in advance of possible white stuff. (Yes, ridiculous.)

People are rushing hither and thither laying in provisions for the impending storm. Milk? Check. Bread? Check. Toilet paper? Check.

My first question is: Didn’t you people think you’d need those things even if there wasn’t a snow storm? What is it about snow that causes you to drink more moo and carb out?

I turned to My Friend the Internet for help, and you’ll never believe what I learned.

It has snowed before.


It has even stormed before.

This is not a once in a lifetime event!

You’d never know that from the way people are behaving, but ‘tis true.

Way back in The Day (and by “The Day” I mean days the 1800s and before) people frequently died during snow storms. This may have been because people got caught in the storm, or because no one had invented handwarmers. But it’s probably because they didn’t have enough milk and bread.

In more recent years, deaths by snow storm have gone down considerably. This is partly because we’re better at forecasting (which mostly just shows how bad forecasting used to be) and because we have indoor heat. But mostly because we don’t have a toilet paper shortage.

So if the white death hits, stay warm, stay safe, wear your hat and mittens, and—most importantly—be sure you have enough milk and bread.

Love, Mom

Another good way to stay warm is to share


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Puppy Conversations: Walking in the Cold

Dear Kid,

Puppy: You’re taking a long time.
Me: I know. You just have to wait.
Puppy: You said we were going for a walk!
Me: And we are.
Puppy: When??!!!
Me: It’s cold out. I just have to get ready.
Puppy: But this is taking a LONG time.
Me: I have to put on boots, my coat, a scarf, gloves, and a hat.
Puppy: I don’t have to wear any of those things.
Me: No you don’t.
Puppy: Are you ready yet?

Puppy: You’re taking a long time again.
Me: You do realize I have to get my coat and mittens on each time we go out.
Puppy: Not only are you slow, you’re not very efficient.
Me: Why? What would you suggest?
Puppy: You should be like me, and wear your fur all the time.
Me: Not quite sure how that would work for people…
Puppy: I’m a People.

Puppy: Mo-o-om! What are you do-ing?
Me: I’m getting ready to take you for a walk.
Puppy: I’ve been waiting for-ever!
Me: You’ve been waiting for 20 seconds.
Puppy: But I’m ready!
Me: And you will keep waiting until I’m ready.
Puppy: You already have clothes on!
Me: These clothes are for being inside. I need to put on my coat for going outside.
Puppy: Where’s my coat for going outside?
Me: You don’t like wearing a coat.
Puppy: Right! So you shouldn’t either.
Me: What? That makes no sense.
Puppy: It doesn’t?
Me: Let’s go for a walk.
Puppy: What a great idea!

Love, Mom

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