Day 16: Adjusting to the Cold

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)

12 thoughts on “Day 16: Adjusting to the Cold

  1. Those winters would be unimaginable to me. Denmark was bad enough, but I think where you are would be a lot colder. It is hard, though also very pretty. I love seeing the photos of winter in your part of the world.


  2. Thanks for that insight into Toronto’s weather Colline.
    So your winter appears to be the opposite of ours here in Australia, we are heading into Summer.
    Today was 30 degrees and its only starting, I prefer the heat to the cold as well.


    1. I think the younger you are, the easier it gets. I have found, though, that I have adjusted over the years. Also my job requires me to stand outside in the cold a lot 🙂


  3. I’ve lived in the part of the country my entire life, Colline, and still find Winter’s harshest days to be a bit much. I love the change of seasons but wish that Winter came and went in 3 months, not 5. 🙂


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