Today I have had to marvel at the way it has stopped us all in our tracks. As I stand here watching the snow fall uncharacteristically heavily in this part of the country (it rarely ever snows here), I feel myself taking a deep breath of relaxation. I have been busy and somewhat running around like a headless chicken since Christmas due to one thing and another and I don’t think it’s just me. I feel like everyone I know and all the thousands of parents that I see online and off have been the same - manic.
Today the universe decided in its infinite wisdom to cover Britain with beautiful inconvenience. It made water into magical fluffy play stuff and made all the adults stand still. Stories all over my timeline and in my phone calls about families playing together in the street or huddled by their fires with hot chocolate. I am standing here watching my children play or watching the snow come down as they run out of sight and I feel calm and grateful for the giant pause in proceedings of today.
I am also grateful that I still get excited when it snows. I still wish for more and more no matter the inconvenience because it’s fun and beautiful and makes the mania stop for a bit. Even though I don’t play for long now because I’m older and I swear snow is colder than it used to be! I can’t lose the feeling of joy at the thought of playing in it.
So here is my truth about snow days - whether you are 5 or 55 and whether you weren’t doing anything anyway or it’s ruined your fabulous plans (like mine), these snow days are precious - as are the moments with our children, with our families, when we can just pause and breathe, just for a moment.
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P.S. I just walked to the shop in the snow and semi-darkness (to buy a movie and popcorn for our family movie night) and it was so quiet. Everyone was home or driving home but even the rare cars along the main road were quiet and slow. So peaceful.