As luck would have it, though, something I really hate happened. It started snowing. In April. This always happens. Spring will be here, the ground free of snow and ice and the sun will start to feel warm for the first time in months. And then it snows. “Takatalvi,” we call it. The ugliest word in the Finnish language, one that doesn’t exist in any other language. It describes that feeling when you’ve just changed the tires on your car from studded winter tires to wonderful flat summer tires, only to realize you’ll now have to change them back or take the bus to work. It describes how you’re sitting on your knees in front of your closet, trying to find those winter boots you chucked in there just a couple of days ago, thinking you wouldn’t need them until next winter. It describes how you wake up in the morning, smiling at the thought of the approaching summer, only to look out the window and see a sparkling sea of white.
I hate takatalvi.
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