Two Saturdays ago we woke to snow falling outside our windows. It didn’t stop falling until later that night. Throughout the day, buses and then plows were taken off the roads. I spent the day intermittently following the various Twitter hashtags dedicated to the event (#snownami, #snowpocalypse, #snOMG, #snowmageddon, and #blizzardpeople just to name a few), reading snow-related picture books to my kiddo, and trying not to think about the book I’d recently finished (Trapped by Michael Northrop: a teen fiction ARC about a group of kids stranded at their high school during a snowstorm the size of a natural disaster).
It was just a few weeks ago that I posted an entry about my family’s joy at the first snow fall and how we navigate winter in the city. Two weeks after #snownami, I’m over it. Monday morning after the snowstorm, I climbed on top of a snowbank to stand with my feet level with the top of a city garbage can to catch my bus out to the suburbs where the sidewalks are not cleared. One morning this week, a woman yelled “Be careful!” from her car window as I walked down the side of a busy Burnsville street to get to work. I shrugged my response in a way that I hoped came across as “I’m trying!” or perhaps a resigned “What are you going to do?”
What are we going to do? Be careful where we park our cars, dress in warm layers, and just keep on with our regular lives to the best of our ability through whatever as true Minnesotans.
Also, huge thank you to everyone in my Minneapolis neighborhood who cleared the sidewalks in front of their homes. Extra thank you’s to those who live on corners and shoveled a path to the street. I love you.
When I still lived in sunny Chicagoland, my husband sold MN winters to me by telling me that it was the great equalizer. It was the time of year when we all have hat hair, red cheeks, and unfashionable but warm clothing. That is still our family philosophy when it comes to winter. We stop worrying about looking cool, and we just live and let live. Perhaps that’s the way it should be all the time.
Happy winter, everyone. Stay warm.