But then... the forecast started to go up. Soon they were saying 6 inches, then 8, then 10. Curiously, as the predictions went up, my longing for spring started to fade a bit. Suddenly I wasn't bemoaning having to "deal with" 4 inches of snow... I was reveling in the possibility of being snowed in!
We ended up with about a foot of snow, and as I was outside this morning getting some much needed exercise by shoveling the driveway, I was amazed at how much I was enjoying the whole event.
Hmmm... is it just me, or does this seem a tad bit paradoxical? A little bit of snow is a major PITA (pain in the arse) but a huge storm is great fun!
Perhaps it's a question of expectations. I mean, if it snows just a little bit, I figure that we're all expected to just go about our normal business with a small added inconvenience. On the other hand, if there's a major blizzard all bets are off! Nobody expects you to go anywhere, or do anything meaningful... you're just allowed to kick back, relax and enjoy the weather.
Now, I don't think of myself as a person who is unduly influenced by the expectations that others might hold of me... and it's not like my "regular schedule" is terribly taxing. I don't have to drive to a job, or get kids to school, or do any of the myriad of other things that could be complicated by winter weather.
Furthermore, since I work at home on the computer, unless there's a power outage, there's nothing stopping me from working even if there were 3 feet of snow on the ground! So why the big difference in my reaction to a little vs a lot of snow?
Maybe it has to do with my own expectations of myself. If I sit back and do nothing just because that's what I feel like doing, some part of me still thinks I'm being lazy.
But if the news is saying "stay home and relax" and I feel like "everybody else" is taking it easy because of the weather, then I somehow give myself permission to do what I wanted to do anyway.
I suppose it could be leftover emotions from childhood... SNOW DAY!!! It's amazing how deep those things are embedded.
Well anyhow, the snow was great fun, and I'm actually starting to enjoy this winter a bit, rather than just cursing it.
So I'm curious... does anybody else out there experience this crazy snow paradox?