We rock even in subarctic temperatures.
And so I bring you my top 10 reasons why it is fun to raise kids in Cleveland in the winter:
1. If there is a hill, you have sledding.
2. The snow banks along the sidewalk keep your toddler from running into the street on the way to the bus stop. (Are you wondering if I defrosted that pancake before I gave it to him?)
3. After losing his gloves once before outdoor recess, my son no longer loses his gloves. Brrrrrrr.
4. Boots are much easier to pull on quickly than most regular children’s shoes.
5. If you are wearing boots, finding four pairs of matching socks is no longer necessary. (Shhh!!!)
6. After the soda pop can explodes in the back of your van, you have a ‘teachable moment’ in which to explain the expansion of ice and pressure formation. And, after the lesson, you can quickly clean the soda from the back of your van with a whisk broom. (I’m not kidding. It didn’t melt even after 40 minutes of running errands).
7. You can make ice cubes, quickly and efficiently, on your front porch. (This makes a great science experiment, is free, and takes less than an hour!) Try it with salt water too.
8. On days that are too cold to make a snowman (snow won’t stick into balls), you can fill a squeeze bottle with water and food coloring for snow painting fun!
9. Inspired by the marks left by our wheeled trash can, Gladys began making designs with her scooter. More winter fun!
10. And, after enjoying that wholesome winter wonderland, you can enjoy a dainty cup of hot chocolate.
Of course, when your toddler forgets the word "leaf" and doesn't believe green is a color of nature, you can take them all downtown to the Cleveland Botanical Gardens to refresh your senses. I can breathe that moist, humid air just thinking about it . . . .
Dress warmly. Enjoy the weather!