I will not lie, I am not a huge fan of the snow. Last year, when Nemo hit, dumping almost three feet of snow on us in 24 hours, I fought the snow; I couldn’t accept that I had to change my daily routines, that I needed to drive more, walk less. I certainly did not look on it as a fun thing.
It took me completely by surprise. That much snow just wasn’t imaginable. I had no idea how to deal with it and I found it impossible to just go with it. Having arrived during a long, hot summer and enjoyed an equally long and pleasant autumn; I was not ready to find myself snowed in to my house. I kid you not, my husband had to dig us out!
This year, we haven’t had a storm quite like Nemo; but the snow has been a constant companion to our days. The first serious snow fall happened just before Christmas, then just after Christmas then just after New Year…! And, well, it hasn’t really stopped since!
The big difference this year is that I approached the snow with my eyes open. I knew what to expect and I accepted that I would need to change my routines. When it’s -15C and there is a foot of snow, you can’t take a buggy out… The school run has to be done by car, you can’t go for your daily walks, you can’t take the kids to the park.
You need to find a new routine, a new normal.
From a purely practical perspective a foot or so of snow means that pavements become impassible by buggy. Even where people make a good job of clearing the sidewalk outside their house, it’s often too narrow for a buggy, and that’s before you try and cross a road… Cutting through the snow banks at cross walks is not a priority for most! Walking on the road is often the only option.
Then there’s the difficulty of opening car doors… I’ve had to move the wee girls car seat to the ‘road’ side of the car. You can’t open the passenger doors when there is two feet of snow piled up at the kerb line!
Snow clearing, a neighbourhood activity, becomes the norm; as does having your driveway ploughed!
And then, if you don’t clear the snow fast enough, you get huge slabs of ice like this!
I am still not a huge fan of the snow; but I have accepted it this year and I have enjoyed watching the kids play, and indeed enjoyed playing with them. Seeing the wee girls tentative first forays into our winter wonderland was truly magical; seeing her investigate the white stuff, hearing her cries of ‘noooow, hearing the giggles and squeals.
I have been able to see the joy in the snow.
I have been able to see the beauty in the snow.
Because when you have this much snow, you get to do this…
I will be truly glad to see the back of the snow and the freezing temperatures. I have had some awful, frustrating days but I have wonderful memories of this winter. Instead of fighting against it, I have gone with it, and learnt a valuable lesson in the power of the positive and in acceptance of the things that you cannot change.
I’m joining in with the final day of the wonderful One Week [Winter 2014] over at Older Mum in a Muddle; reflecting on our winter and what it has meant to me.