Guest Author - Amy Packham
It usually snows once a year, and when it does it usually snows for about an hour, drizzles down and makes only a light covering over the road and the car. This is in England anyway. However, when it does snow, the whole town seems to come to a halt as no one can drive, nor get to work, so shops seem to close as well as schools and we have that all important 'snow day '.
When it snows, there are one of two opinions. We have people who love snow, love playing in the snow, love walking in the snow however we have those who hate snow which understandably is due to the fact they can't get to certain places, plans are ruined and end up getting cancelled. But I guess there is that minority who love snow when they see it, but get over the excitement very quickly when they realize its minus temperatures outside and snow seems to make the world stop...
"A lot of people like snow. I find it to be an unnecessary freezing of water."
I liked this quote as it summed up exactly the negative and pessimistic attitude of snow, there is nothing special about it, Reiner see's snow as just being frozen water which is unecessary as it gets in the way, causes car crashes, etc etc! What is so special about that?
"Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather."
This quote takes a very positive approach to snow, seeing it as one of the beautiful 'kinds' of weather that we experience, not one that is bad but just another kind. It is described as 'exhiliarating' which could be due to the fact that we don't see it often and it is something that a lot of people are fascinated by.
"We build statues out of snow, and weep to see them melt."
I think this reflects the attitude a child might have about snow. The excitement when they see it has snowed is always funny to watch however the downer of this it when it rains and their beautiful snowman has gone missing, as has their good mood and snow-day!
"The aging process has you firmly in its grasp if you never get the urge to throw a snowball."
And finally I thought I would finish on a quote which I believe that is true for me! Yes snow can be irritating and get in the way but it is something that doesn't happen often so instead of moaning as soon as a snowflake leaves the sky, maybe we should enjoy it when it comes and just hope it doesn't stay too long to interfere... You should be able to enjoy yourself, throw a snowball and have some fun before it all disappears and we are stuck with cloud and rain for the next 9 months... well in England anyway!