What do you do when, on March 1st, you wake up and see this out your window?
And then, to add to your misery, you check the weather forecast and it says this.
And as you gaze out at the snowy panorama, you think back, to a long time ago when you could see the green grass, beckoning your bare feet, and your children ran up and down in bathing suits, wielding popsicles and dancing in sprinklers. And you could feel the warmth of the sun on your skin as you bent over to smell a flower in bloom. And everything was yellow and happy.
But then, for a second, you wondered whether, perhaps you just imagined it. It was so long ago, after all.
What do you do?
Do you throw yourself on the floor in a screaming fit of rage against the cruelty of the everlasting winter?
Or perhaps you go to Twitter and spew your raving anger there, for the tenth time that week.
Or maybe, because it's minus twenty zillion degrees and you're stuck indoors with your kids, you bake five dozen chocolate chip cookies and eat a stack of them.
Or, when your spouse arrives home, before he's even taken off his coat you whip out a map of the world and point to other, more favourable, non-freezing places where you could live.
Yes, yes, all of those.
But then, the realization sinks in, that yes, you live in the coldest tundra on earth (almost), and yes, you want to scream every time you see another snowy day, but your kids are in school here, you have a place of work, friends, neighbours and community. And like it or not, for now, you're going to have to make the best of it.
So, you pull on your woolly toque, your snow boots and six sweaters, and drive out to the mall, to find shiny, happy objects that remind you of sunnier times and which will lull you into a false sense of spring. Because damn it - if I can't have spring, I'm going to pretend it's spring anyway.
And you find, to your heart's content, a pair of gold boat shoes - which? Perfect!
So you see, it may still be winter outside, on March 1st, but I have shiny gold boat shoes. And though I may not get to wear them for another three months, they make me happy.
Tell me readers, how do you stay positive during the winter?