“Inside the snow globe on my father's desk, there was a penguin wearing a red-and-white-striped scarf. When I was little my father would pull me into his lap and reach for the snow globe.
Life in Upstate New York is known for its snow and wintery mix from November until April but one thing many won't share is the awesome beauty of the snow. Yes, there are storms that make most, if not everyone, shake their heads asking "When will it stop?" but for the most part, it is like living in a snow globe for almost half the year.
While living in a snow globe might not be ideal, the opportunities to"
*interact with your family (because you are snowed in)
*learn how to improve your driving abilities (because road conditions change from town to town and county to county)
*get together with friends for coffee (it thaws your cold bones)
*build muscles (from shoveling daily)
*strengthen your abs and calves (from climbing the ladder to shovel the roof)
*try new styles (only in NY can a hat, scarf, mittens, winter coat, and shorts look good)
or possibly even the chance to add color to your bottom as you slide down a hill and crash at the bottom because you're too old to be sledding.
In all seriousness, there is such wonder and amazement when you live in snow country. I know New York isn't the only snowy region, to watch the news this year ~ parts of the country who NEVER experience snow and cold are being blessed with this white stuff.
I personally enjoy living in a snow globe. It has it's challenges but mostly, thanks to the career path I've chosen - when the weather is too bad to be out, I have the ability to stay home. This is something I'm very thankful for.
If I really lived in a snow globe, would I choose to live in the snow or possibility of snow for half the year? No but then again, maybe I would. Some of my fondest memories are from sitting around the kitchen table or in the living room when it storms outside or hanging on the deck when summer finally arrives.
Inside my snow globe: the stress of making the bills each month wouldn't exist, the house would always be clean, I would be the size I was when I married my love, nothing but joy and love would exist, and my sister would live next door.
I know life in a snow globe isn't a reality but what if it was...
What would the inside of your snow globe look like?
Lisa M Buske
P.O. Box 323