With everything that has been happening lately, it’s a wonder why I still log onto my social media all the time. Don’t get me wrong. There are times that my social media is filled with wonderful things, but lately it’s been polluted with messages of hatred, prejudice, and death. Because of the recent election results, fear has been spreading like wildfire, so many celebrities dying, and there has been mention that 2016 has been one of the worst years ever. But then something happened. I decided to go to the Christmas tree lighting in my town and we cheered for my high school’s football team. They were going to state! That next night, I cheered them on as I watched them win for the first time against another high school in Richland. My heart swelled for the love and I pride that I had that I was a true blue Papermaker! The whole time the anticipation of snow was looming over our town.
Sunday we got word that we were under winter weather watch. I refreshed my phone every few minutes to see if the weather was updating. Lo and behold, the weather app was saying that it was going to snow overnight. Snow day on Monday! Of course, over the course of an hour the weather changed from snow to no snow and back to snow multiple times so we went to bed not knowing what to expect.
We went to bed hoping that we would wake up to a blanket of snow. Of course, that didn’t happen. Husband grumbled as he climbed out of bed and left for work. I was bummed as well and my friends shared that sentiment. There was still hope. The weather app said that it was supposed to snow until 11am and it was only 7am. The sky definitely looked like it was going to snow.
Long story short it finally started snowing around 10am. It started out as a snow and rain mix and progressed to just snow. I was homeschooling my nephew at the time, when I just happened to glance out the window. My nephew was so excited he couldn’t stand it. All the anger and frustration I had been feeling for the day swept away and I excitedly snapped some pictures and videos for Husband who was trapped at work.
I went on my Facebook to show pictures of the snow and I was surprised to find that all the messages of hate, Trump, discrimination, anger, and fear were replaced with messages of love, tranquility, and snow. It seems that snow is the one magical element that made those negative messages vanish. It was nice to see a (Facebook) community brought together by something so calming and peaceful. So, I hope that your Holiday Season is just that – calming, peaceful, and magical.
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