The snow is coming.
I know how annoying it can be. When I lived in Philly, I had to not only shovel out my car and my sidewalk and steps, but also my entire street because it was too narrow for a snowplow to go down. That was a ton of shoveling. But it was also the one day that virtually everyone that lived on the street was out there, accomplishing the same goal. (Whenever someone that was capable didn’t come out to shovel, we would pile all the extra snow on their steps and write disparaging things in the snow on their cars.)
Yes, it sucks to shovel or even snowblow. Yes, it sucks to clear off the car. Yes, it sucks to drive in it – we all have that story of it taking us 4 hours to get home one night. Yes, the supermarkets look like Black Friday. Yes, it’s ugly when it gets all dirty on the streets. All of that is true.
But that is viewing it through the eyes of an adult. Can you remember viewing snow as a child? It was a natural playground falling from the sky. It was amazing. It was a special day and you needed to squeeze the most enjoyment out of the day. It’s similar to Christmas in that way.
I’m not looking forward to clearing out the snow, but I can’t wait to go outside and play with my daughter.
Here’s what I wrote this week (even more hip-hop focused than usual):
“One of the very best reasons for having children is to be reminded of the incomparable joys of a snow day.”
– Susan Orlean
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