Sunday, February 9, 2014

ON A SNOW DAY ...


By Arthur H. Gunther III

     Snow -- pristine, fresh, covering all the warts of ordinary land -- is a childhood delight that we don’t give away to growing older, though the demands of getting to work and to the store and to the shovel and to utter humanity and the inhumanity of that, too, make us think twice.
     Yet we must fight against that tide, for in the end the child grown very old, it is hoped, again becomes the child, as if by natural cleansing there is preparation for the innocence of eternity.
     When a youngster finds there is no school, that a snow day has been declared, though his/her parents may fret over child care, the youngster knows that the point isn’t escaping class, for education may well be fascinating. No, this snow day is a treat, a sudden gift, a ticket to explore. 
     Time to build a snowman, throw snow balls, walk to the hot chocolate shop, stay in pajamas all day, hearing the furnace turn on, adding to the warmth of a blanket on the couch.
     It is a moment to daydream, to use unscheduled time for whatever, even nothing, for out of nothing often comes something.
     Maybe adult-dom ought to have its snow days, too, releasing the minions from the treadmill, from encapsulated thinking, from the usual choices.
     Just as long as the child and the adult never share the same day “off,” for the twain should rarely meet.

    The writer is a retired newspaperman who can be contacted via ahgunther@hotmail.com. This essay may be reproduced.

     

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