One of the hardest things to adjust to since my move north has been the temperatures. I grew up and lived most of my life on the South African highveld. Winters are short and relatively mild. I remember attending school wearing bobby socks and a skirt. Our legs were cold, but we managed. Winter nights were spent cuddled under blankets and wearing flannel pyjamas. We used to use heaters for a few weeks to keep us warm and, in a very short time, we used to do without any sort of heating.
Winters in Toronto are much longer. Cool days begin in October with the changing of the leaves. Our first year here, we felt that winter had already arrived and it was only October! We soon learned that those temperatures were only the beginning of the cold days ahead, discovering that temperatures below zero are commonplace during the winter. We quickly found out that they right type of clothing is needed in order to be comfortable. Our first winter here we went boot shopping and coat shopping – as well as shopping for gloves, hats and scarves.
My children adjusted quickly to the cold and I am now able to withstand colder temperatures better than I used to. I still do not enjoy the cold, however, and in the coldest winter months still long for the warm winter days I experienced as a child growing up in the Southern Hemisphere.
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© Colline Kook-Chun, 2014
(This post was written for the FMF 31 day challenge hosted by Kate Motaung. Today’s prompt is: adjust)