Northerners Have it Harder Than We Do

I live in the south. I have spent almost my whole life in the south. True, I was born in the northeast, but my mother moved the family down south when I was just seven or eight years old. The only memories I have of winter up north are playing in the snow, ice skating, and putting my mittens on the radiator to dry when I came inside. I did not have to pay the heating and cooling bill. I did not have to turn on the pilot light every year. I did not have to make arrangements with fuel oil guy to deliver for the fuel oil furnace. I did not have to shovel the driveway or get the snow off the roof before it caved in. In fact, my only real experience with a heater, is the heating button on my central heating and cooling system. Right there on the thermostat is the simple switch. In the winter, I flip it to heat. In the summer, I flip the thermostat to cool. Some people who have smart thermostats do not even have to do that. They simply make the thermostat setting, and the smart thermostat knows whether to use the heater or the a/c. I have a lot of respect for northerners. Their lives are harder than ours are down here in the south. It’s true that we would die of heat stroke if it were not for our air conditioners in August, but in comparison to those harsh northern winters, we southerners have it made. It is no wonder that retirees flock to our state in huge numbers!

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