It snowed this week. In Columbia, SC we don’t get much snow. But every once in a while the conditions are just right, and we will get a perfect storm. One of the luxuries of living in the south whenever it snows, is that everything shuts down. Schools and businesses close and the world as we know it stands still. It’s a wonder as to how the world can suddenly stop, and at the same time come to life.
This coming to life, I think, has to do with changing perspectives. There is something really amazing about a fresh blanket of beautiful fluffy white snow covering the entire landscape. This beauty brings with it a new way of looking at the world. In these moments when time stands still, it makes me smile when I talk to neighbors for the first time as if we are old friends, and watch children (well adults too, as noted below) reach for sleds that were never intended to be used as sleds.
What I find most exhilitating about a fresh snow is breaking it in. After a full day of snow and a night of freezing, this morning the weather was just right. My family lives on a hill that was perfect for sledding, so with the discarded real estate sign borrowed from friends, and the cool air on us: we were coming to life.
Here’s me at the top of the hill:
And again at the bottom: