By Corinne Wnek
I’ll never understand why some die hard, true blue, Jersey junkies complain about winter here in the Garden State, like it’s a shock every year when it arrives. Now these are people I know who would never, ever consider living anywhere else. Yet, between October and March, I hear endless droning from them about the loss of summer in the pool and life on the beach. Have they forgotten that one of the reasons we love paying outrageous property taxes here in New Jersey is that we get to enjoy all FOUR seasons while doing so? Winter is supposed to be starry skies and cold air. Hey, I love the ocean, too. Just not in January.
So we got a little snow. And the timing this year was almost perfect for a white Christmas, just like the ones I used to know. But I ended up relating less to Bing Crosby and more to Marlon Brando in “On the Waterfront”. He yells, “I coulda been a contender!” while I wanted to shout from my front porch, “I coulda had a white Christmas!” However, despite the lightness and sparkle of the snow, shoveling thirty inches of blizzard is a bit much, even for a winter lover like me. But, oh, how I wanted it to snow on December 25. Not December 26.
But never once through the big dig out did I ever wish I were lounging by a pool somewhere. That is the absolute truth. This is New Jersey and yes, we do get snow in the winter here and sometimes a lot of it. Nor did I think that our governor should have cashed in his Disney dollars to come back home and start shoveling the parkway. I really believe he was at the helm of what was happening here even as he plunged down Splash Mountain with his kids. C’mon. When does this guy not have his finger in the pie?
Of course the blizzard wasn’t fun for some people, especially those who had to wait for plowing on their streets. Same goes for those who had to abandon their cars and got fined for doing so. And then there are the elderly who are fearful of slipping on ice or those who just can’t tolerate the cold anymore. I bet more tubes of Ben Gay were sold over the last weekend to middle aged people, too, as soon as those shovels were put down.
But the silver lining here is that because of the blizzard, we all got a much needed time out from the endless lists of things to do that seem so necessary to make the holidays happen. The snow made us stop. Maybe we got to spent time real time with our kids. Maybe together we marveled about how hard it was snowing as we kept looking out the window noticing the drifts getting higher and higher. Maybe we finally started that new book, or took a nap or watched movie after movie until the snow finally let up. Maybe we were all together for just a little while longer.
So to all those people who ‘love, love, love Jersey’ but want summer all year round? Maybe it’s time to think about Florida. But I’m betting that at Christmas time down there, when the temperature is in the seventies, some transplant will put a bunch of fake snow around their lighted palm tree. Right next to the lighted snowman.
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