Tulips? In January? You’ve got to be kidding me…

But I kid you not. Aprés this afternoon’s matinée performance, I walked out of the Academy and saw an unfamiliar sight: there were tulips coming up out of the ground. Tulips. IN JANUARY! I looked at my friend Rowena in disbelief. She looked at me as if I was off my rocker. “What’s wrong?” she nervously asked. “There are…there are…tulips. Coming up out of the ground,” I gasped out. Rowena looked at me again, but much more concerned this time. “And what’s wrong with tulips coming up out of the ground?” she quiered me. “It’s January. Tulips should not be coming out of the ground in January.” She looked at me again, but this time a smile spread across her face, and a smirk crossed her lips. “Oh, right. You’re a Prairie girl,” was her response. I wanted to take a picture of those tulips, but was too embarassed. I’ll take one of them tomorrow when no one else is around.

After the tulip discovery, we then headed out to a little café in Kitsilano. And we sat outside at my suggestion. Actually, it was more of a demand than a suggestion. I wanted to be able to say that I ate the most delicious cinnamon bun I have ever tasted (they were out of tiramisu – grrr…) OUTSIDE IN JANUARY! I sat there, looking around at the people walking their dogs, even though it was cloudy and trying to rain, and with incredulity said, “I can’t believe this! It’s January 23rd. It’s 12 degrees outside. I’m sitting outside at a little café, and there are tulips coming up already. What the heck kind of place is this?” I told my friends to “humor the Prairie girl. She still feels like a tourist.” They don’t get it. They don’t understand that I’ve lived in a deep freeze for 22 years. They’ve lived out here and on the Sunshine Coast for all of their lives. They don’t understand snow. They don’t understand cold. But I don’t care. I don’t miss blizzards. I don’t miss -40. Not one bit after a day like today. But I can say I’ve lived through it. I’ve been tough. They can’t say that out here.

“You Prairie people…”

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