This week, words such as ‘CHAOS’, ‘DISRUPTION’, ‘SUFFERING’ and ‘DANGER’ have flooded our media and extrapolated a very negative perception of those pretty little snowflakes that initially fell so softly. The essence of severity seems to have been of utmost importance for all UK reportage – it’s ironic how the most delicate of nature’s weather often brings about the most extreme consequences.
Of course, the snow has caused problems, but the extent to which it has been victimised as the cause of the UK’s further demise has been so over the top that it’s easy to forget the true beauty of it, and what positivity it can bring.
Instead of driving, employees have travelled to work on the bus. The snow has provided a wonderful topic of conversation that almost all can contribute to. As a consequence, passengers have been interacting with one another; sharing their stories and experiences. We’ve ditched the earphones and have engaged, listened and laughed.
Passing people on the pavement with big wellies on over the top of smart suits and coats has certainly been a sight to smile about. Instead of walking normally, the nation have stamped and stomped and wobbled. We’ve been aware of one another and more often than normal, smiles have been reciprocated.
The landscape itself has been made so much more interesting. Stepping through untouched snow is incredibly satisfying, although footprints have left their guilty marks down paths and front gardens. Paw prints and birds’ feet have been dotted around too- it’s not just us who have to put up with the weather, remember.
Interestingly, teamwork is at its best when the snow has fallen. We help each other sweep drives, push cars, and give advice. Essex has certainly seen its fair share of snowmen, snowballs, igloos and even Christmas puddings!
However, after all the frolics outside, there’s nothing better than to come indoors, snuggle up by the fire and enjoy a hot drink. Snow definitely makes a large hot chocolate taste even more amazing, plus it gives us an excuse to add cream and extra marshmallows…doesn’t it?
To conclude, and as we look to the week ahead, do take care in the snow and ice but remember it’s not all bad. Look past the chaos and disorder, make a snow angel and try to appreciate the beautiful scenery before it melts away and disappears.Tags: extreme weather, freezing, ice, snow, UK snow, winter