Snow! It’s all anyone living in the Washington D.C. can think about at the moment. Since Friday, we’ve been pounded with not one but two blizzards. I opened my window today and, wow, it was snowing so hard that I expected to see one of Santa’s elves blow by screaming “Rudolf!!! Help me!!”
It almost never snows like this in D.C. My friends and I have taken to call this the Snowapocalypse, Snowmageddon –the four horsemen are expected to arrive any minute pulling sleds. Drifts of four to five feet, high winds, white out conditions… and I love it!
I’ve always loved snow, the way the whole world goes so quiet that your senses become hyper aware. You can hear the sound of your breath chuffing in and out, the beat of your heart, your boots crunching underfoot. The stillness of it as if the world has come to a stop. It brings a sense of peace. Now, of course, in a true blizzard, like the one that’s ragging outside my window as I type, you best get inside. It hurts when that snow comes slanting at you, biting your skin.
Is all this snow an inconvenience to people? Sure. But there is something wonderful about being holed-up in a big snow. You’ve gone to the store, your kitchen is fully stocked with goodies, the fire is crackling away in the hearth and you can just be. No place to go, just lay back on your couch and watch that white fluff fall and turn the world into a white crystalline wonderland –well that and get the kids their tenth cup of coco.
Snow or not, I think all of us need to take that time out to just be, to appreciate the stillness. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard gripping about the snow this week. What a mess, no school, no work. Actually, I’ve never understood these gripes. And I suspect that half of the time people are just saying what they think they ought to say. We want to look responsible, proactive, blah, blah, but there is intrinsic value in letting yourself relax. We all need a recharge now and again. And that is one huge bonus of the snowstorm –a forced break. *g*
(me and the kids taking a walk -note: I am wearing the world's largest, puffiest coat; the only coat that would go over my cast. LOL)