How to feel about snow
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.