Could Winter Be Over?

Some years in these parts, it wouldn’t be unreasonable to claim that summer is so short that, if you blink, you’ll miss it. The summer of 2006 wasn’t quite that bad, although it did turn coolish and autumn-like by the 20th of August. But for me this year, summer came and went and I hardly noticed it because I was so busy with work.

For the past week, however, it has been well over 10C (50F) every day. Granted, it’s been grey and rainy, but the fact it’s been — and is expected to be — 14C to 17C each day through tomorrow, I can’t help but dream that perhaps I blinked and winter has come and gone. However, where I know that can’t be, I’m just crossing my fingers and hoping this winter will be as mild and relatively snowless like last winter.

This week, British Columbia’s Lower Mainland experienced a violent storm with high winds and rain that left over 200,000 without electricity. But that was an exception rather than the norm. People often say they couldn’t live in the Vancouver area because it rains so much there. I, for one, would prefer rain over temperatures dipping far below 0C for extended periods of time.

In a country as vast as Canada, however, the thought of displacing myself to Vancouver, a city which also happens to be outrageously expensive, is not one I’m willing to contemplate because it would almost be like emigrating to another country. I have a lot of respect for people like Stephanie who make such a fundamental change in their lives, but I don’t think I’d be able to do that at this point of my life. There’s only so much change one can endure at once, and I feel I’ve had my fair share of change in the last year or so.