It’s nearing the end of October already and today the weather was sunny and 15C. In Genova, this is considered cold! Now I have to admit that I have been living in the warmer climates for quite a few years now and although I am still Canadian down to my maple leaf toes, I have always had a love/hate relationship with Canadian winters (what Canadian hasn’t after all?).
Now that “winter” is upon us here in Italy, it’s nearly impossible to walk out the front door without being scrutinized by Mama for what I am, or better yet, not wearing. If she had her way I would already be sporting a toque (that’s Canadian for winter hat) and gloves! I wish right now that I was only kidding.
Last year I used to bring a huge knapsack to work so that once I got to the bus stop and out of eyesight I could stuff the winter gear into it. I felt like I was 10 years old all over again when my own mom used to buy me the most ridiculous looking winter hats and I was too embarrassed to be seen wearing them.
When I was a kid it was not considered cool to wear boots or hats in the dead of winter-I know, a bit of stupid rebellion, but in Canada that was like a right of passage to see who could hold out the longest in a jean jacket and running shoes in -20 temps! This was of course before they invented shopping malls and had a Tim Horton’s and Starbucks on every corner. Kids have it way too easy these days.