For a person who is consistently cold all the time it might sound crazy that I love snow.
Seriously, I’m the girl you see in the summer wearing a light sweater, because the gentle breeze gave me goose bumps.
Before you ask, no I’m not anemic. . . I’m just a cold person. Not in a lack of emotion kind of way! My boyfriend likes to joke that I’m cold-blooded because my hands are always icy. But you know what the say ” Cold hands. Warm heart!”
Anyway, I went on a small tangent. Yesterday we in the Carolinas (not in the mountains) experienced the first snow fall of 2018!
Not just some flurries or a dusting either. We got a whopping 6 inches yesterday.
Here’s the thing you might not know. Here in Charlotte, North Carolina it snows maybe once or twice a season. We normally see more ice than we do actual snow. For some reason the city is ill-equipped with supplies for our roads when it does randomly decide to snow. We have salt trucks and plows, but we prepare for one or two really bad snow storms. Which means our streets are like skating rinks.
Days before a coming a storm Southerners begin to freak out. People begin to stock pile for the incoming snow. (I guess it’s good to be prepared for anything?) With the first sight of a flurry coming down from the sky a panic ensues. My fellow neighbors rush to grocery stores to buy all the milk, eggs, and bread they can. Why? I have no idea. Maybe to make some really epic snow day french toast. Me, personally when it snows, I go to grocery store for frozen pizzas and lots of booze. ( ya know the necessities)
The best thing about living in the south when it snows are the closings. Schools and businesses will close or delay opening with the thought of an imminent storm coming. We could get a slight dusting and everything be close. I find this quite humorous when our friends to the North of us experience 6 feet of snow to our 6 inches and still have to go on about their normal days.
When it snows I get this sense of nostalgia! It makes me feel like a kid a again. Which with the hectic responsibilities of adult life it’s sometimes nice to have a pause button. Snow days are the perfect pause button! It’s like with the frozen precipitation coming down also freezes time for a day or two.
I love snowball fights and sledding. The sound of snow and ice crunching under my feet. The way it covers everything and anything. Leaving no surface untouched. The way it sparkles in the sunlight. It’s like someone poured glitter all over the earth.
I went on walk yesterday with camera in hand. It’s been a little bit since I actively went out and shot anything. I looked out my window yesterday with the snow coming down and was instantly inspired.
Walking through the forest that I months previously would run in was relaxing to me. The stillness and silence engulfed me. My mind was focused on the frozen wonderland in front of me. The pureness of the white was untouched. As I took a deep breath in the cold air-filled my lungs with a slight sting. Just a small reminder that I am alive. Being in the snow this way was like cleansing my soul. Another form of meditation. My thoughts and worries drifted away with each snowflake that fell from the sky.
As I walked home from my snowy adventure, my fingers numb from the chilled air, I noticed one street light on. It was funny to me that at 4:00pm in the afternoon with daylight still out that this light was on. None of the other street lights were on.
The last week or so I’ve struggled with being motivated. This light was my light turning on again. Today I feel motivated again and not like I’m just going through the motions of everyday. It’s been a weird few weeks for me. I’m in a limbo with life at the moment. Time seems to be moving fast and slow at the same time. It speeds up at the moments I want to slow down. It’s like watching snowflakes falling and the wind changing their direction and pace at which they fall to the earth.
It’s oddly peaceful. After my snow adventure I felt ready to make some big girl decisions and get back at it. Like I was recharged. When I think back to snow days over the years it’s exactly what happens. I always feel recharged and ready to take on anything. It’s like the earth reminding us the importance of taking a break.
Happy Snow Day from the Carolinas! Stay warm where ever you are.