Initially there were grave warnings about the snowstorm that was going to plague the Northeast. When it started to fall, the winds were strong, and walking home from work was a bit of an effort. The following day there were hills with footsteps at the curbsides. Crossing the street took balance and navigation. Patience was needed, as only one person at a time could reach the next corner. Each person had their own pace, based on age, winter fitness, and footwear. Good snow boots were the best. So happy that past winters required me to find the right boots.
By Friday I was ready for a walk in the park. The park closest to me, Carl Shurz, had sledding children with their parents. It was hard to tell who was having more fun. The walkways were icy, so my time in the park was limited to dog walks. Central Park was more of a mix. The Park Drive was clear for walking and running. The side paths were too slippery to walk safely. So, I stuck to the Park Drive. From the Upper Eastside I could see snowmen and women being constructed. There was a couple cross-country skiing displaying easy smiles. A snow ball exchange spontaneously occurred. A great way to play while socially distanced.
Rather than the storm being a threat to the city, it provided a needed change to the atmosphere. Families had a reason to come out and play in the cold. Individuals were able to enjoy the scenery, as well as the dogs and people romping about. It lifted our moods. If anyone fell, strangers came to their rescue. Passing connections were found in these acts of kindness.
The sun’s reflection on the snow adds a brightness to our days. The light has melted some of the pain on these past months. The snow has been a gift in this time of Coronavirus.
- Look at the best of 2020 New Yorker cartoons on Instagram: https://www.newyorker.com/culture/2020-in-review/instagrams-favorite-new-yorker-cartoons-of-2020
- Enjoy CBS’s “Sunday Morning.” Watch it in real time, record it, view it on demand. It always has positive messages, this week there’s a segment on kindness.
- Shop in your closets. See if you can find something new, surprising, or an old favorite.
- Create a playlist for your chores.
- Go to the USPS, or elsewhere and, if you’re able, choose a wish list to fulfill. https://www.uspsoperationsanta.com