At 16, in January, I moved from coastal Virginia, where we had little snow, to Maine, where the snow was piled 6 feet high in spots. It was a difficult transition in so many ways. But, it was the sunlight that helped me get through that first winter. In Virginia, although we had little snow, the sky over the brown and gray landscape stayed dull and somber most of the winter. In spite of the weekly snowstorms, our area of Maine enjoyed an abundance of sunshine. What a difference that made!

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