JOHN NORTON: Winter is here, so enjoy it while you can

Pioneer Publisher John Norton

A friend of mine told me years ago, when I was but a cub reporter, to never write about the weather.

Oh, what the hail …

And snow. Finally!

Yes it’s a pain to drive in, but it’s winter doggone it, and in Michigan, winter without snow, is well, like Kentucky or West Virginia.

And that’s a whole new level of redneck.

How crazy was it last week? It was sunny and 53 degrees in Big Rapids on Wednesday. People were golfing. In January. Not a cloud in the sky.

Two days later, snowblowers were humming, tree limbs were down, schools were closed and it looked like a winter wonderland postcard.

After nary a flake in November and December, winter finally arrived last week to the delight of ice fisherman, snowmobilers, skiers, sledders and to those businesses that cater to winter activities of all types.

My wife the teacher (as opposed to my other wives) got the call at 5:30 a.m. Friday about the snow day. Love that phone by the bed. So the kiddies got a long weekend and were able to frolic in the snow.

Our dog loves the snow too … and tries to catch it from the snowblower spray. Funny stuff.

So it’s finally here, probably to start what will be our very short, two months of winter. Not bad at all. Heck, the Dairy Queen opens in two weeks.

So have some fun with it while it’s here. Below are your winter assignments, by age group:

  • 0-12. Make a snow fort, ask mom or dad for a thermos of hot chocolate, defend the kingdom!
  • 13-30. Start a snowball fight and then go shovel the neighbor’s drive — all winter if they are elderly.
  • 31-50. Snow shoe for exercise and take a kid ice fishing or snowboarding. It’s rad dude.
  • 51-100. Bundle up, fall backwards and make a snow angel — feel like a kid again.

There you go … a dose of weather writing, whether you need it or not.

Send me your weather puns, unless your ideas are all dried up …

May the wind be at your back. Look at the sunny side of things.

No fun?

Don’t rain on my parade. And hey, chill out.

John Norton is publisher of the Pioneer. Contact him at jnorton@pioneergroup.com.

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