Vanquishing Winter (Again)

There is something inherently sobering about the realization that Mother Nature is trying to kill you.

–Garrison Keillor

If you’re under 30 years old — make that under 60 — you likely have no clue what “VE” or “VJ” Day stand for (“Victory over Europe” and “Victory over Japan,” respectively).

Instead, how about celebrating a perennial holiday that every Minnesotan can relate to: Victory over Winter (“VOW”) Day.

Sure, winter may have inflicted casualties before retreating in earnest (the ice dam over the dining room ceiling; your waistline).

And to be sure, not everyone made it (for example, the 25 year-old forced air furnace that konked out).

But if you’re in Minnesota in March — and have spent the last six months or so here — there’s a palpable sense not just of renewal and Spring fever — but triumph.

Winter truly is a deadly adversary, and it’s finally been vanquished.

For now . . . .

(And no, the date can’t be put on a calendar — you just know when it’s arrived.)

About the author

Ross Kaplan has 19+ years experience selling real estate all over the Twin Cities. He is also a 12-time consecutive "Super Real Estate Agent," as determined by Mpls. - St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Magazine. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Ross was an attorney (corporate law), CPA, and entrepreneur. He holds an economics degree from Stanford.

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