So it should come as no surprise that snow is, indeed, a surprise.The media jumps aboard with its ridiculous 24-hour, up-to-the-minute, don’t-you-dare-miss-it, coverage. Storm Watch 2013! the TV headline blares. Worst Snow in Decades! the local weather girl announces.
Schools are immediately closed, because we might get (brace yourself) 3 inches of snow! But we don’t. Or if we do, it melts within hours.No one goes out. Stores are closed. Flights are cancelled. The government is shut down. And yet, I look out my window as I type this and it looks like this:
Not so bad. Livable, even.I am sure the people in Canada or Alaska or any of those other places with more polar bears than people just shake their heads at us. Oh, those Crazy Town natives! Afraid of a few little white puffs of fluffy snow! Meanwhile, they get up five minutes early, get the shovel out of the front closet, and go remove eight feet of snow that accumulated overnight on their driveway. Now they can go to work, just like they do every day. Snow is not a nuisance or an inconvenience or something to be afraid of. It just is. Like air or Starbucks or bad reality TV. They simply accept the snow and go about their day.
I wonder if they ever get a “Snow Day” off from school. Nah, says my friend who grew up in Maine, we call in sick when it’s sunny.MOV
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