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An Interview With Winter

Hear ye, hear ye, good people of the Earth. It has been quite a shock to hear your dastardly opinions on the season of winter. This person says winter’s too cold, that one says it’s too snowy. This one says there’s not enough daylight and sun, that one says the heating bill’s too much. 

Enough, oh enough, of this complaining, this kvetching! Winter is most definitely the best season, and don’t you dare say otherwise. I recently had a unique conversation with Winter-McWinterface, the personification of winter. Here was our conversation, which I think you might find enlightening.

ME: Hello, Mr. McWinterface! We have some people here who say that you aren’t as amazing as you are and that perhaps your arch-nemesis Summer-McSummerface is better. Given your unbiased opinion, why would you say this is not so?

WmcW: Why hello to everyone eavesdropping and to you especially! I’m honored to be included in the important debate! Well, the first argument that I can think of is this: Better cold than hot, that’s what I say. You can always put on more layers, but you can’t always take more off! You definitely can’t have this: 

“It’s hot!

I can’t get cool,

I’ve drunk a quart of lemonade,

I think I’ll take my shoes off

And sit around in the shade.

It’s hot!

My back is sticky,

The sweat rolls down my chin.

I think I’ll take my clothes off

And sit around in my skin.

It’s hot!

I’ve tried with ‘lectric fans,

And pools and ice cream cones.

I think I’ll take my skin off

And sit around in my bones.

It’s still hot!”

— Shel Silverstein

ME: Great point. Personally, cold-and-dreary is, in my opinion, the best kind of weather. Well, what else?

WmcW: Oh, what about this one: Snow! I think it’s pretty self-explanatory. From building to shoveling to snow angels to igloos, snow is really versatile and can be a really creative medium to work in! Also, science is pretty cool! 

ME: Yeah, do check out the science. It is quite fascinating! And fun! But enough cold reasons. WInter is also a cozy time!

WmcW: Of course! Winter is a time to curl up by the fireplace with a blanket and book: it’s cozy, as you said, and makes you more complete! And the warm drinks and comfort food too are favorites. 

ME: Ah, yes. The food! Which reminds me: holidays!

WmcW: Yup, let’s not forget Holiday time and Family time! Winter’s a time you can spend with your family over break and become closer.

ME: And there’s always the view outside which is beautiful (unless you’re shoveling). Especially the reflection during sunset and sunrise–just spectacular!

WmcW: Plus, it’s the most peaceful out of the 4 seasons. There’s a quiet that you just don’t get in any other season!

ME:  Thank you Winter McWinterface for your amazing insights! And so there you have it, my friends! 
WmcW: Thank you! And please stop insulting dear old Winter, and appreciate all the amazing things which make Winter so, so, so much better than Summer!

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