Embracing the Chill

Navigating the Love/Hate Relationship with Snow

By: Christine Hersom


(2 min. read)

Snow—the whimsical yet exasperating guest that overstays its welcome every winter. As the first flurries gracefully descend from the sky, they bring with them a rollercoaster of emotions, turning us into reluctant protagonists in a love/hate saga with nature’s frosty creation.

We had our first snowfall of the season today. While I hate New England’s cold and long winters, I enjoy the first snowfall.

At first glance, the sight of snow invokes a childlike zeal reminiscent of our younger, more optimistic selves. The landscape transforms into a picturesque winter wonderland, prompting us to consider a career change to professional snow sculptors. Yet, as we marvel at the serene beauty, the inevitable realization dawns upon us—we’ll need to shovel that driveway. Cue a collective groan from winter warriors everywhere.

As the snow piles up, so do our grievances. What was once a pristine blanket of white becomes a treacherous obstacle course for the morning commute. Suddenly, we find ourselves engaged in a high-stakes game of “Dodge the Black Ice” on our way to work, wondering if our car’s anti-lock brakes will live up to their name. It’s a battle we never signed up for, but here we are, waging war against the elements armed with nothing but a flimsy ice scraper and a prayer.

But fear not, for there’s a silver lining to this wintry cloud—despite the chaos it wreaks, snow miraculously brings communities together. Neighbors emerge from hibernation, armed with shovels and a sense of solidarity, ready to tackle the formidable foe that is the snowdrift. It’s like a scene from a heartwarming sitcom, complete with cheerful camaraderie and the occasional friendly snowball fight— the perfect recipe for forging friendships and flexing those underused bicep muscles.

Let’s not forget the comedic relief that snow provides. Who among us hasn’t witnessed a valiant attempt at graceful ice skating across an unsuspecting patch of frozen sidewalk, only to end up performing an impromptu rendition of the “Winter Slip and Slide?” It’s a humbling experience that unites us in laughter, reminding us that even the most dignified individuals are just one slippery step away from a fall.

In the midst of the chaos, there’s something undeniably enchanting about the snow-covered scenery. Trees adorned with icicles glisten in the sunlight, and the peaceful hush that descends upon the landscape feels like a scene straight out of a holiday greeting card. In these moments, we are reminded of the sheer magic that snow brings, making us willing to forgive its previous transgressions—at least until the next blizzard hits.

So, as we navigate the love/hate relationship with snow, let’s approach it with a healthy dose of humor and a willingness to embrace the absurdity of it all. After all, life would be dreadfully dull without the occasional slip on an icy sidewalk or the camaraderie forged over a shared disdain for snow shoveling. As we weather winter storms, let’s raise a warm cup of cocoa to the unpredictable, exasperating, and undeniably charming nature of snow—the guest that may overstay its welcome but always leaves us with stories to tell.  


Christine Marshall Hersom
All Things Wellness, LLC

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