As a strong Nor’Easter approaches the East Coast there will be some positives. No it may not be a positive for those who have to shovel or those whose deaths or property destruction are attributed to the storm whether actually caused by it or not. Nor will it be a clear positive for most people other than school children who may avoid another day of too often stultifying sameness in their classrooms.
But it will be a positive because it will drive politics off the front page for a day, it will stem the blizzard of half-truths and innuendo to which we are currently being subjected. It may stop the gusts of lies and their thin and unsatisfying explanations with the probable exception of TV weather people who will continue to throw words around like ,”catastrophe, worst, and disaster” uncaring that they are making those words meaningless by their continual use.
Enjoy the nor’easter, sit snug in your homes. Hug your wife, your husband, your children, your dog, yourself even your cat if they will allow it. You might even consider secretly unplugging the cable or the wireless and spending your time talking or thinking rather than being talked at and thought for, go outside and if you have children, take your children with you to experience the power of nature and be humbled by the frailty of invincible men in the face of her power. Read about the Armistice Day Blizzard or Jack London’s ,”To Build a Fire.” and feel better about where you are now. Make some cookies or cocoa from scratch, turn off the furnace and sit in front of the fireplace together for warmth and if you don’t have a fireplace turn on the oven and sit together in front of that. with one blanket covering all, if you don’t have an oven then a candle will do. But do it together, nothing creates real understanding more than an inconvenient shared hardship.
And as to shoveling, although considered a negative by most, there is a little known but I believe strong relationship gained by shoveling together. In fact I would guess that to paraphrase a popular saying, the family that shovels together stays together.
It could be that a driving blizzard with zero visibility and all the changes in our normal routine is mother natures way of showing us what we should be doing and where we should be going.
I do however wonder if someone somewhere is right now penning a screed about the injection of the Christian religion into the weather! Offended! because after all it is called a nor’EASTER. I also know that for some people this storm will be a test of their wills, their family and their lives and for those people I empathize and wish the best.