Still waiting for our other season - the Fourth of July

FATHER’S DAZE
Emmitt B. Feldner  for The Review

Anyone who’s still looking for a little more snow and winter – and no, that’s defi- nitely not me – can find it without going too far at all.

For instance, you just have to go visit my brother-in-law and sister-in-law in southwest Ontario – they’ve still got snow on the ground up there at the rest of us celebrate May Day.

Then again, it’s not much of a celebration of tropical climes for us, either.

I’m still waiting for a stretch of weather – more than a couple of days, at least – where the high temperature is more than my age.

And I’m not getting any younger waiting for it.

Terry’s brother and his wife own a flyin fishing resort in far northwest Ontario where they spend their summers – or at least what passes for summer that far north – but they have a place just off the Trans-Canada Highway in what passes for the sunny south in Ontario where they hunker down while waiting to open their camp

They’re up there now, waiting for the snow to melt so they can get up the road and then in the air to their camp about 200 miles away.

They also spend the deepest part of the winter in the Florida panhandle, so I have to admit I don’t have the greatest amount of sympathy for the less than balmy weather they’re enduring right now.

They came through here on their way up to Ontario a few weeks ago and we all went out for lunch together, including our sons Ethan and Alex for a mini-family reunion.

It was raining and cool that day – which probably describes most of the days this past month – so they might have been optimistic that it would be about the same when they got to their home across the border.

But they probably weren’t too optimistic, because they’ve lived up north for too long, like the rest of us.

The old saying is that we have two seasons around here – winter and the Fourth of July, and sometimes we’re not even too sure about the Fourth of July – so we know to expect snow and cold almost any time.

For instance, the year we bought our house was the year that we had a snowstorm here the first week in May.

That’s why, when we first started looking at the house before we bought it a few months later, in the middle of summer, we weren’t at all surprised that the picture of the house with the real estate listing showed snow on the roof – even though the house had only been on the market for less than two months.

At least we haven’t had any May snowstorms since then, but it’s probably one thing that’s held us back from putting the place on the market since then.

When we do finally get around to selling it, we could try to put it on the market the middle of summer, but that would probably be the year that we get hit with a snowstorm on the Fourth of July.

Then we’d probably have to head north with Steve and Evie for the warmer climate.


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