Tiffany Gee Lewis: The happiest place on earth

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  • Mormonmama0106 Phoenix, AZ
    Aug. 3, 2014 9:30 a.m.

    I moved to Flagstaff, AZ from Phoenix for school one August and was blissfully happy...until about January. By that time the snow and ice, not to mention homesickness, were starting to take their toll. When I traveled to Phoenix for Spring Break and saw how beautifully everything there was blooming (yes, we have flowers and greenery in Phoenix) while Flagstaff was still under a foot of snow, I knew I wanted to move back to Phoenix, so I did.

    And so began a vicious cycle: every summer I miss Flagstaff horribly. Every January I'm so glad to be in Phoenix! I think it really is a state of mind, but at least now I can recognize that fact. It would have saved me a lot of money on moving costs if I'd recognized that years ago!

    That or I just need to be a snow bird!

  • ohiowhit New Albany, OH
    July 31, 2014 8:40 a.m.

    Thank you for this. We struggle with a shared parenting plan that keeps us in Ohio for another four years. My wife and I are both from out west where it's warm in winter, and Midwest winters are killing us. Prompted by what we've heard Minnesotans do to survive, we get out in the cold no matter what nature is doing. It really has helped. By March, we're going crazy, but appreciating winter for what it does - kill off bugs, soak the soil for spring and remind us that hot days are better than the alternative - makes us happier through winter.

    As we look for the positive, we've noticed things. In California, with its perfect climate, neighbors don't flood the street on warm summer evenings, reveling in rare perfect days. And spring isn't a literal celebration like it is in snowy areas. Funny thing is, I grew up in San Jose, California where the weather is a close to "perfect" as you can get. I left because I was sick of the sunny, blue-sky 75 degree days 9 months each year. Come February in Ohio, I question that choice, but summer thunderstorms remind me.