We call it the Tundra because Grand Forks, North Dakota is the 2nd coldest city in the US. Right behind Fairbanks, Alaska. While we were in town it was a balmy -17. With the wind chill warning it felt like -35. This is us on our warmest day. Theo refused his mittens. What can I say, he’s a California kid.
The trip back for Christmas is a feat. We fly to Minneapolis from LA, and then catch a flight to Fargo, to then make the hour drive to Grand Forks. As everyone knows, it’s really fun to fly with a toddler. I just love their unpredictable behavior. It’s exhilarating. Fast forward an hour into our flight, Theo wields the in-flight brochure into my left eye, scratching my cornea. The next thing I know the flight attendant is calling for medical personnel on board, asking if we want to ground the flight over Iowa. We politely decline an emergency landing, but FAA regulations require us to be escorted off the plane by medics upon landing. It was a scene to say the least.
After a re-routed second flight and two different doctor’s offices, we were on our way. Why do we do this? I love getting back to see the family and doing our big Christmas Eve celebration. In LA we get spoiled with 72 and sunny almost all year. So I miss the snow and hunkering down for a cozy sub-zero winter. Or at least I think I do. After a week I usually realize I’m pretty soft. And then I’m going going, back back, to Cali Cali. Notoriously.
My sis was back in town with her husband from Seattle, and after having a few laughs I had moved on from “the incident” on the flight. She and I always show up with one thing the same. This time it was the snow boots (we planned the matching pajamas). Fools seldom differ. At least that’s what our brother tells us. He got back just in time this year. And now that everyone was home, it finally felt like Christmas. Seeing Theo in the snow didn’t hurt either. But it was also COLD. Like freeze your face off cold. I’m not sure if we can call Theo a snow bunny, but he’ll be a weather warrior soon enough.
Yah, you betcha!