A friend of mine once told me that, upon proposing marriage and a move to Brunswick to his girlfriend, he wanted to make sure she fully understood what that would mean in terms of their lifestyle – together and with a future family.
In addition to long bike rides and beautiful beaches and weekend camping trips, living in Maine means snow and ice and cold temperatures for several months of the year. Every year. He told her you can’t just sit the winter out, waiting for it to pass, you’ve got to embrace it.
Fortunately, his girlfriend accepted his proposal and the couple and their two children now live and thrive in Brunswick, active and happy four seasons of the year.
My friend’s philosophy reminds me of the nonprofit organization WinterKids, which encourages families to “get outside, get active, and have fun” by providing opportunities to embrace winter.
Geared to all Maine 5th, 6th, and 7th graders, their WinterKids Passport offers free and discounted tickets, lessons, and rentals at 50 downhill and cross-country skiiing, ice skating, and snow tubing areas all over Maine. There’s also a WinterKids FunPass for children in pre-school through 4th grade, plus lots of special events.
Hopefully your family is finding plenty of ways to embrace this winter. Don’t let the cold weather keep you from venturing out and making your regular visits to the library! In between the healthy outdoor activities, the library offers a warm and inspirational place to curl up and read a book, play a game, put on a puppet show, try a craft, learn a new skill, or meet up with friends to discuss the many possibilities winter brings.