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Shoveling hurts my back, so why do I want an epic snow? — FranklyStein

snow feb 10 002You would think that as an adult, I wouldn’t be crushed by the failure of a predicted snowstorm to produce. But I am.

When the weekend’s snowstorms failed to produce more than an inch or two in Baltimore, I was bummed and incredibly jealous of the “epic” storm hitting the northeast.

I’m not exactly sure why I like snow so much. Shoveling kills my back. I never get a day off because I can easily work from home, and the kids don’t need me to go sledding with them anymore. When all is said and done, the big snows that I tend to love the most make things pretty difficult. The kids get behind in school; they end up having to make up days, and my husband has to take a day or two off without pay.

And yet, I love snow. I crave snow. I want an epic blizzard. While I was wallowing in my sadness this week, I tried to pinpoint why I look forward to snow so much. It could be a couple of things.

First, I have great memories of playing in the snow as a kid — sledding, building snowmen and taking walks around the block with my mom, dad and sister. I’ve also found that just watching snow fall lowers my stress level. Glancing out the window at snow covering my urban neighborhood is a sight to behold and it warms my heart.

The best thing about snow, however, is the fact that it can bring our crazy life to a screeching halt. Life slows down. There’s time to make a yummy dinner and all sit down and eat together. We have time to go for a walk, play games and sit by a roaring fire. Snow makes family time possible in a season of our lives when it’s usually not possible.

And I guess that’s why when the forecast is a bust, I’m a little crushed..

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FranklyStein is a blog by Chesapeake Family Magazine editor Betsy Stein who lives in Catonsville with her husband, Chris, and four children, Maggie, 16, Lilly, 14, Adam, 14, and Jonah, 10.


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