Column: Winter storm makes me miss summer

Kyara Morales-Rodriguez

As a lot of us are well aware of, lots of areas here in the United States have been experiencing record-breaking bitter cold and heavy snowfall, with Illinois being one of them.

Even here in Charleston we have been hit hard with inclement weather, which truly surprised me.

All of Monday, I was left with my mouth hanging open as I watched the snow pile up and the wind blow violently through the trees from my bedroom window. It just absolutely shocked me when I checked the weather on my phone and saw we had reached below zero temperatures.

It all took me aback because in my time at Eastern, I have not experienced the same harsh winters I had when I lived back home.

In fact, in the two and a half years I have been a student here, I have only experienced one snow day. That was way back during my freshman year, and I definitely didn’t think I would see another winter storm in my time here. At least I hoped I wouldn’t.

These days, I have been holed up inside, refusing to leave unless absolutely necessary. I try to only leave if I need to get food, but I dread the idea of having to make the trek across campus, walking down slippery and snow-covered sidewalks, just to grab a bite at a dining hall.

I miss feeling the warmth of the sun against my skin. I miss walking around campus without having to wear a puffy blob of a coat. I miss the way outdoor spaces like parks and beaches just come to life during summer days. I miss not freezing in my room because the heater barely works here (cough, cough, get it together, Stevenson Hall).

All these cold winter days just really got me missing summer more than ever before. I think that now that all the fun of winter is over (literally just Christmas), I am now anxiously waiting for it to end.

I know when summer comes around, I will hate the sweltering heat. I know that I will complain about how hot and sweaty I will be all the time. I know that I will dread the grand return of disgusting critters like mosquitos, spiders, and flies. I know that I will be dreaming of Christmas and snow-covered treetops.

But for now, I will be counting down the days till the first day of summer. 122 more days to go!

 

Kyara Morales-Rodriguez is a junior English major. She can be reached at 581-2812 or [email protected]