Snow Day

I have been a St Louis girl all my life.  Born and bred in the Midwest, of strong German stock.  And I can attest to the truth in the saying, “If you don’t like the weather in St Louis, just wait five minutes.”  Our temperature patterns and weather conditions can do extreme fluctuations in a really short period of time.

So most of us know how to handle the sweltering hot, humid days of summer.  And we are able to gear up for the bitterly cold weather that turns your eyelashes to icicles.  But an odd thing about us St Louisans … a lot of us become wimps when it comes to snow.

Sorry to be blunt, but it’s just the truth.  You know who you are.

Today it is snowing.  And it is beautiful … the flakes are softly falling to the ground, the temperature is cold but refreshing, and there is not any wind to fight against.   It is actually a lovely January day.

Have you ever taken a walk in a snowfall?  I’m not speaking of a storm, but a brisk winter day when the trees are dressed in white and all the buildings are all covered in downy blankets of snow.  There is something delightfully childlike about bundling into all the gear that your mom used to force you into when you were a kid – boots, hats, mittens, scarves – and heading out for a while.  There is magic in it, the kind that we all need to experience once in a while, whatever our age.

Give a try … today is a great day for it!  Maybe you’ll find that the snow is like that bully that scares you until you step out to face it.  Confront that fear of snow and you may end up with a life long friend!