How to feel about snow

The Compass - - EDITORIAL - An­drew Robin­son is The Com­pass’ ed­i­tor. He’s fear­ful of slip­ping on ice and can be reached ate­d­i­tor@cbn­com­pass.ca.

You’d be sur­prised at how opin­ions vary within an of­fice about the pres­ence of snow in early De­cem­ber. There are those who feel for­tu­nate that it has been sev­eral months since they last had to deal with the threat of slip­pery roads. The shovel has col­lected dust for eons, and that’s great as far as they’re con­cerned. They might pre­fer to stay home rather than even bear the thought of try­ing to drive to work.

But as the snow poured down last Fri­day in Car­bon­ear, some were happy to see it hit the ground and not melt away im­me­di­ately. For them, snow is a sign of Christ­mas and all the hol­i­day fun that’s to be had just around the cor­ner.

New­found­lan­ders and Labrado­ri­ans have a com­pli­cated re­la­tion­ship with snow. We more of­ten than not be­moan its pres­ence when snow causes prob­lems for mo­torists, many of whom seem not to have the two cents needed to slow down when it builds up on the roads and high­ways.

But we also love it. How many peo­ple do you know with snow­mo­biles sit­ting in their sheds or base­ments just itch­ing to get out and test them in some fresh snow? The snow­mo­bile trails will no doubt be pop­u­lar over the next few months.

And though you might pre­fer not to see snow any other day of the year, who can hon­estly say they don’t enjoy a white Christ­mas? Es­thet­i­cally, it fits.

School kids like snow. When there’s enough ac­cu­mu­lat­ing and blow­ing around, they get to stay home and ei­ther have fun frol­ick­ing in the yard or stay in­side play­ing videogames and what­not.

In the lead up to a snow­storm, me­dia will go all out to get ev­ery bit of in­for­ma­tion out there about what to ex­pect and how to pre­pare. That stream of in­for­ma­tion con­tin­ues once the storm hits, and peo­ple tend to go along with it. The pho­tos on so­cial me­dia last Fri­day of empty chip shelves at gro­cery stores were pretty hi­lar­i­ous. Peo­ple get ready.

It seems nowa­days, the pub­lic gets more heated up about the po­ten­tial for win­ter storms than ever be­fore. And now through the use of so­cial me­dia, we tend to know how ev­ery­one feels about them.

If the win­ter sea­son gives you more blues than ‘woo-hoos,’ here’s hop­ing you man­age to get through it with your nerves in­tact. Oth­er­wise, stay safe and enjoy the snow.

It seems nowa­days, the pub­lic gets more heated up about the po­ten­tial for win­ter storms than ever be­fore.

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