Here in New Brunswick, we love to hate winter. Back in the olden days when Red Green was on TV, I liked hearing his “It is Winter” poems: “It is winter. A time to pause. The driveway is half shoveled out. But I lay down the shovel and I pause to enjoy this moment. After all, this is my first heart attack.”
Here are a “few of my favourite things” in winter:
Being inside. This is not a pejorative way to express dislike of the cold, like a child who says their favourite subject in school is recess. No, this is a true time of enjoyment for me. It is the perfect time to play board games or card games, watch movies, or even write. Those things are all fun while sitting in AC when the outdoors is blazing hot, but it doesn’t compare with being in a warm house when outside the air hurts your face. Add to that, we are always stocked with a variety of hot drinks, whipping cream (along with mommy’s whipped cream maker), and sprinkles!
The sunshine. We all know how nice it is in the spring and summer when the sun is out. It’s such a welcome sight and puts everyone in a good mood. It seems to make an even more significant effect in the winter. For some of the winter season I find myself complaining about the cold and ice and dreariness of winter, often to the point where I daydream about spending winters in southern California. But when the sun is shining bright in the winter, it could be -30 and suddenly I’m Mr. Canadian, true north strong and free. These are the only days I get inspired to go cross country skiing or skating on a brook. But not that inspired I guess…
Hockey. I’ve lost touch with the NHL and televised tournaments, though I’m sure I’ll be immersed in it again sometime soon. My hockey watching has always seemed to come and go in waves. But even when I’m not watching it—as strange as this sounds—it is comforting to me to know that it’s on. Knowing that those moments when we’re all watching a game at the same time (e.g. a gold medal game, a Canadian team makes game 7 of the finals, etc.) will come soon enough makes me feel good. I look forward to the next one.
Camaraderie. I said at the onset that we love to hate winter. Honestly, I think that our love outweighs the hate we have for winter when you consider that it’s the time of year we talk to each other more. January to March is the time we will find ourselves striking up conversations with strangers. This is because there’s always a common bond we have, something to talk about: It’s freezing out there! We do get drawn together in the summer with barbecues, in the fall with Thanksgiving, and in December with Christmas, but there’s something very organic and homey with our wintertime togetherness.
Beauty. Snow is pretty. You know?!
Congratulations Frozen. This is your week.
And the Oscar goes to…
Best Actress: I gotta hand this one to Idina Menzel. She’d been a professional singer since 1993 having some success with appearances in TV shows, most notably Glee. She tried out for the part of Rapunzel (Tangled, 2010) and didn’t get the part, but lucky for her a casting director remembered her and pushed for her a few years later for Frozen. Sure it would’ve been cool to tell people that you are Rapunzel, but to tell them you are the Elsa? Huge.
Best Actor: How on earth can one choose between Bill Murray, Steve Martin, and the late great John Candy?? I tend to favour Candy and Martin, so let’s go with Candy. I can hear that infectious laugh in my head right now.
Best Quote: No way. Not with a movie like Planes, Trains and Automobiles can I possibly pick one quote. Time for a top 10…
Top Ten quotes from Planes, Trains and Automobiles
- “If I wanted a joke, I’d follow you into the john and watch you take a leak. Now are you gonna help me or are you gonna stand there like a slab of meat with mittens?”
- “I didn’t introduce myself. Del Griffith. American Light and Fixture, Sales Director, shower curtain ring division.”
- “Oh, he’s drunk. How would he know where we’re going?”
- “I’ve never seen a guy get picked up by his testicles before. Lucky for you that cop passed by when he did, or you’d be lifting your snutz to tie your shoes.”
- “Please. Have mercy. I’ve been wearing the same underwear since Tuesday.”
- (Del adding to the previous quote) “I can vouch for that.”
- “You know you nearly killed me, slugging me in the gut when I wasn’t ready! That’s how Houdini died, you know!”
- Neal: “Well, let me just close this conversation, saying you are a unique individual.” Del: “What is unique, uh…? Latin for ‘asshole?'”
- “It’s like going on a date with a Chatty Cathy doll. I expect you have a little string on your chest, you know, that I pull out and have to snap back. Except I wouldn’t pull it out and snap it back – you would. Agh! Agh! Agh! Agh!”
- “Those aren’t pillows!”
Ohhhhh kaayyyyy byyyyyee…