I’m not overly fond of cold weather, although it does kill the grass until spring and frees me from having to mow the lawn at least once a week.
And, my word! My Honda Civic, which automatically calculates gas mileage, goes down from an average of 29 mpg in-town driving to 21 or 22. Partially because I have to run the car a little while to defrost it and warm the inside just a tad. And partially because the tire pressure warning light comes on periodically and it takes me a while to use the plug-in tire inflator.
I used to like cold weather better than hot weather. But, with the coming of age, I’ve reversed my preference. And it has nothing to do with gas or grass.
It has to do touching. Touching almost anything.
Cold weather at our house means almost everything I touch shocks me. I always hear it, and—more times than I like to think about—I even see the spark.
Once the weather gets cold enough for that to happen, I’m tempted to put on gloves before touching the front door handle, even if I’m not going outside. Or a light switch.
I touch the plastic part of the pet gate latch first in the hopes the static electricity will leave me alone for once. I tiptoe across the carpet to try to prevent static buildup.
I haven’t totally given up the idea of dragging a chain wherever I walk inside to ground myself. (Yes, I know that probably wouldn’t really work.)
Remaining well grounded is important for a seventy-two-year-old man, anyhow, isn’t it? In every way.
But the most shocking problem occurs when Kathleen and I kiss. If one of us has just scuffed across the carpet, kissing becomes an electrifying experience. Kissing isn’t supposed to be painful, is it? Or something to be apprehensive about doing?
I don’t know how to solve other shock problems, but now Kathleen and I touch fingertips before kissing. Better to do that and get the shock out of the way so we can have a safe, spark-free kiss.
Exciting kisses are one thing. But shocking ones are awful.
If you have or have had any shocking experiences during winter, how about sharing a comment.
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