This Is How I Picture The Perfect Snow Day

This Is How I Picture The Perfect Snow Day

I fully understand why adults dislike snow.

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Snohomish is a pretty normal place. There's a river, some shops, and as many Starbucks' as any other city. Personally, I really enjoyed growing up in a town like this, where a world of activities was in a range of 20 miles, but my town was different than others for one reason: it just wouldn't snow. As a kid, I remember seeing pictures of myself as a baby bundled up out in the snow, with at the very least one foot of powder. All of the sudden, the snow stopped; it started to be a treat to see even the smallest flurry every year.

My only complaint about Snohomish is that it's a grey area, both metaphorically and physically. The weather for a solid 80 percent of the year basically is just cloudy, not even raining, it just had the presence of clouds. Metaphorically speaking, though, Snohomish is grey because it's in between two extremes. It's close enough to the Pacific Ocean that there can be quite a bit of rain all at once, but close enough to quite literally anywhere else that it can get seasons. However, it's far enough away from both sides that the weather meets itself in the middle, causing consistent seasons to be seemingly nonexistent.

I fully understand why adults dislike snow. It's cold, it's a mess to drive in, and when it's that cold, pipes burst and damage can be done. As a kid though, you don't notice these things. You're only concerned with the magic that is a snow day off of school.

There was one year that it snowed about three feet, which was basically unheard of. We were out of school for at least a week, which, again, was basically the opposite of anything we've ever known. Everything was closed, but, as I was in third grade, it didn't matter to me. Luckily, my friends lived close enough to us that they were able to come over and we went legitimately sledding for this first time in a few years.

Previously, we used our sleds to slide down what could be referred to as a frozen hill. No snow, just frost. That year was different. That year, tons of kids gathered on the second biggest hill in the neighborhood, and every kid waited and traded sleds. At that point, each of us was young enough that either we had a younger sibling or our parents would all come out and sled with us, which was arguably the lamest part of the day.

On that day, my best friend at the time came over. My friend Maggie had a sister who was the same age as my little sister, so the four of us hung out together. That day, after we went sledding, we made the trek back to my house, where my mom had made us snacks and had turned on the first "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" movie, which was a sign of the time, I guess. For the rest of the day, we gave each other the cheese touch, drank cocoa, and watched the snow continue to fall.

Winter has always been my favorite season. The first snowfall of the year is the most magical day of the year, somehow even more magical than Christmas morning or my birthday. When I picture snow, I see glints of light, like the snow is sparkling, just calling me towards it. To this day, the thought of a snow day makes me more excited than the thought of taking a vacation to somewhere tropical or going to Disneyland, two very exciting things.

At the ripe, old age of 18, I picture a snow day being one of the greatest things that could happen. I love the snow, and I love the feeling I get when I share a mug of cocoa with my best friends. The forecast for this weekend shows more snow, and my fingers are crossed.

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18 Reasons Why I Hate Winter (As Told By A Winter Hater)

Winter, why must you exist?
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I have never been a winter person. I don't like snow, sweaters, or being cold. There are literally only a couple of things I like about the winter time (like Christmas) but I could be anywhere in the world and celebrate Christmas... why do I have to celebrate it while being cold???

Since winter is coming, here are just some of the "few" reasons why a winter hater (aka me) HATES winter:


1. You have to be extra careful driving

I already hate driving when it's warm, sunny, and not a cloud in the sky... but add slush, snow, and gloomy skies to the mix and I don't ever want to get in my car... ever.


2. You lose all of your gloves, scarves, and head warmers

What happened to my glove? Let me just retrace all of my steps today to go back and try to find the little straggler that fell out of my pocket probably 5 hours ago.


3. Your nose is always running

Say goodbye to looking cute for your crush across the classroom... all he'll be listening to is your sniffles and seeing drips of mucus coming out of your nostrils


4. You lose all feeling of your nose and ears because of how cold it is

I wish I remembered what it was like to have a nose or ears during the winter, but they're too busy being numb from the below freezing temperatures outside.


5. Your gas/electric bill is way more expensive

I'm in college. I'm poor. Why winter... why????


6. Let's take a stroll in the park....

Lol jk can't even leave the house or you'll turn into an icicle


7. You burn up in all of the buildings from the 15 layers you have on, then when you go outside you are even more cold because you were sweating from burning inside the building

It's a vicious cycle


8. You are always wet..

From snow, from sweat, from rain, from sleet, from your tears....


9. Your skin is always dry

Excuse me while I shed like a freaking snake and itch until I bleed for the next 4 months.


10. Where's the sun?

Miss you baby... come back to me soon.


11. You have so much more laundry

FROM WEARING 15 LAYERS A DAY YOUR LAUNDRY HAMPER GOES FROM 0 to 100 REAL QUICK


12. You have to put on so many layers just to take out the garbage

I just want to get rid of my trash in my shorts and flip flops... but nooo, winter just doesn't allow it


13. You can't just get in your car and leave... you have to defrost and scrape and shovel

Which means getting up 15 minutes earlier. Ugh.


14. Getting out of the shower is almost worse than getting out of bed in the morning

It's just so warm and steamy, then your naked body turns in to a snowman as soon as you step out of the shower


15. The damn static in your hair and on your clothes... there aren't enough dryer sheets in the world to solve that problem

Thanks Downy for trying so hard


16. It's falling season...

Walking is more difficult than ever because of the icy ground.. this is not good for us clumsy people


17. You can't run outside without coming back with frost bite

Do I really have to spend the next 4 months on the treadmill?


18. Everyone is always sick

And for us hypochondriac's that is not something you want to mess with.


I've tried to like you winter, but we just don't get along. Maybe one day I'll understand the loveliness of your snow and your nasty bitterness, but for now I'm just going to sit and mope until the end of March.

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10 Ways To Spend Your College Snow Day

Let's be real, everyone could use a catch up day of 5.

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Most days it seems like there is not enough hours in the day to get everything done. "Back in the day" aka in high school, snow days were under appreciated and not properly taken advantage of. Every once in a blue moon winter graces us with weather so bad the college gives a whole day off, here's 10 great ways to spend yours!

1. SLEEPING IN!

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Unarguably, the best way to start your day is to not start it in the morning!

2. Catching up on homework and studying!

Lets be real, everyone could use a catch up day or 5.

3. Cleaning your room!

We all know this one isn't going to happen, but its a good thought!

4. Catching up on laundry!

There is never enough time to do this in a normal day, but MAYBE if classes are cancelled...

5. Grocery Shopping!

Impulse buys. That is all I am gonna say about that.

6. Taking a nap!

Sleep in AND take a nap? Best day ever!

7. Calling your parents/grandparents/friends!

Let someone know that you're thinking about them!

8. Sledding or ice skating!

Make the most out of the cold weather!

9. Picking up a shift at work!

I've never heard anyone complain about extra money/hours on pay day!

10. Laying in bed and watching Netflix all day long ( a series or 2)!

Netflix (or Hulu) and snacks? Can't top that!

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