A Reader Says White People From Warm Climates Don't Need (Or Get!) A Government Grant To Learn How To Shovel Snow Or Wear Mittens
02/19/2020
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Re: Brenda Walker's Diverse Hot-Country Refugees Learn Basics of Life in Minnesota from Expanding Nonprofit

From: Mitchell Day [Email him]

I lived my entire life in Southern California until 2018 when I moved to Wyoming. Nobody had to teach me about dealing with the snowy weather. You learn by doing. For instance don't shovel snow on a sunny day without sunglasses. Or always wear thick gloves.

One pleasant surprise that I experienced was that I acclimated to the cold. First anything below 40 degrees Fahrenheit seemed cold, then anything below 30 degrees, the 20 and the last snow shoveling I did was in 8 degree weather with just a long-sleeved shirt on. I'm reminded of Henry Ford's advice about chopping wood. You warm yourself twice.

Of course it helps if your ancestors come from Northern Europe.

See previous letters from the same reader.

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