Picture: by Lora Warnick of Laura McKittrick, The Greenwich Girl, freezing in the cold.
It is Cold
By Kate Gibson
You hear it all the time in New England around this time of year, “OMG it’s cold!” Even the prudest of ladies can attest to this when the thirty layers of sweaters and scarves can’t cut the below zero temperatures. It’s not just Us New England girls have all said at least one of these sayings once or twice during the winter months. Don’t be ashamed though, we just have a lot of shit to deal with once the first snow falls.
“Do you have any Chapstick?”
Every New England woman knows that moisturized lips are crucial in the winter. Yet we never seem to have it in our purse. Sure, they are sitting in our junk drawers at home, but never in your purse when you need it the most.
“I need a tissue! Now!”
The cold sucks. Even the healthiest person can have a runny, drippy nose in the freezing wind chill. So the backs of our hands and coat are substitutes for some good old fashion Kleenex.
“I love my winter coat.”
Winter coats are not just a means of survival up north, it’s a means of fashion too. Whether we get the latest charcoal grey wool cinch coat, or a slick black knee length sub zero, coats are just as important as the outfit underneath them.
“I don’t care about static hair; I’m wearing this hat.”
Hair is such a hard thing to maintain in the northeast. The summer brings humidity. The winter brings dry air. Static becomes a huge issue. Hat head isn’t flat, but a giant porcupine formation of hair. The solution…. Dry shampoo.
“I need to wear these heels. Who cares if there’s a blizzard.”
Northeastern ladies have an amazing ability that enables them to walk in the snow and ice with heels on. This is very unique to the women of this area. Why? We don’t want to confine our beautiful shoes to only a few months a year. We learned to adapt.
“It’s only 20 degrees outside. I can wear my dress.”
Just because it is below freezing outside doesn’t mean we can’t look amazing. New England women have worn a dress and tights in below 30 degree weather at least one. It is a badge of honor once you have a chance to thaw your legs out after the fact.
“Don’t honk at me! These roads are shit!”
Driving conditions are the worst in New England. Sure, LA has a lot of traffic, but they don’t have to deal with snow, freezing rain, and black ice. The fact that we get in our car and tackle that shit on a daily basis for at least 3 months is pretty god damn impressive. So stop honking at us. This shit isn’t easy.
“It’s so fucking cold. Why do I live here?”
We all wish for warmer climates when the cold starts to get on our nerves, but that doesn’t mean we have any less love for the great New England area. We just want a White Christmas and New Years and then 70 degree weather in late January. It’s not that we hate winter, we just wish it wasn’t so fucking long.