Learning to live with snow takes time

Lately, with the cold weather and snow flurries, all I’ve been able to think about is how much I am not ready for winter to come just yet. Last winter was probably the worst winter I’ve been through in the Upper Peninsula since I’ve lived here. I can’t even count how many times my car got stuck or couldn’t make it up a hill.

I know I don’t have the biggest vehicle seeing as I own a Ford Focus, but I still believe it had to be the way the winter season went because I never had a problem with my previous car, a Ford Tempo, and this was the first year I had a problem with my Focus.

Tuesday night, when I was driving out to Negaunee to cover a high school volleyball game, it was snowing. It wasn’t snowing really much at all, but it definitely saddened me to see that winter is nearly upon us.

Growing up I never was really a fan of winter. I get cold easily and, honestly, I hated the snow. If I hate winter and snow so much, why would I come to Marquette for school? Well, honestly, Northern Michigan University was the only school in the state that had everything I wanted. Plus, the Superior Dome was a huge factor when it came to joining a marching band.

But after spending a couple of winters in the U.P., I started to hate the season less and started enjoying the beauty of the snow more. For those who’ve never spent a winter in the Lower Peninsula, the snow is quite different there. I don’t know how to really explain it, but the snow downstate where I come from almost seems dirty compared to the sparkling white snow that the U.P. gets.

Yes, downstate gets much less snow than Marquette, but the conclusion I’ve come to over the years is that I would rather have a lot of beautiful snow blanket the beautiful scenery of the U.P. than the kind of snow covering the lands where I come from.

Adelle Whitefoot can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 243. Her email address is awhitefoot@miningjournal.net.