When I was very young my family lived in South Florida. I would watch Christmas movies and dream of places that had white winters, icicles, foggy windows, and just a few steps removed from the North Pole.
On my birthday, December 21, 1991 my family moved to Salt Lake City. I longed so much to make my first snowball that as soon as a glistening embankment was spotted on the highway, we stopped just to touch.
I think that to celebrate my birthday next week I'll watch my favorite Christmas movie, Little Women, and imagine putting on my winter skin on a snowy hibernation day.