Another bitterly cold day means another delay! And to think two years ago we went the entire school year without so much as an inch of snow. I told my classes that this must be because everyone has done such a great job of stopping global warming that we've accidentally initiated a global cool-down. The only solution is to buy as many cans of aerosol hairspray we can and fire it back up into the ozone. Maybe then we could get the greenhouse gases doing their thing, the hole in the ozone layer reopened, and the temperature back in the positive.
One thing that I consistently find funny is looking at the temperature on my care or on my phone and seeing a Zero. It's zero degrees outside. It seems so final, and even apocalyptic, as if we've run out of whatever makes the temperature exist until now we're left with Zero. Our scale makes even less sense when you compare it other landmarks: Water freezes at 32 degrees, we get chilly at 40 degrees, its 'great weather' at 70 degrees, and 'too hot' at 73. All we really seem to agree with is that 100 degrees is "too hot"...though water doesn't boil until 212.
In fact, the more "bitterly cold" days we have, the less intimidating it seems. It's almost fun now to see how long you can remain outside while walking the dogs or running. It's no longer scary to turn on the car and hope it doesn't crack and explode. Snow is no long frozen water on the verge of dissolving with each footprint but a permanent solid which we sweep back and forth, in and out of our way. As the witches in Macbeth said "Foul is Fair".
So enjoy the weather this weekend. Don't think of it as Zero, but rather 255 degrees Kelvin. Get out there and enjoy every single one of them. You might find yourself humming that "the cold never bothered you anyway".