It’s that time of year again, that time when snow cancels plans and makes me frustrated. Living in Berks County my whole life, you would think that I would be used to it and learn to love the snow, but that never happened.
Growing up I did not live “in town” but rather on the far edge of the school district. We used to always joke on the bus that we were the reason the school would have a delay or the rare cancellation. Those of us out there were right by two other school districts that always had delays or cancellations, but rarely did our school making very intense bus rides both to and from school.
Because of where I lived, snow also meant that I would most likely have to cancel plans with friends as well since my parents would not want to drive or later want me to drive on the back roads made up of hills and sharp turns. Even worse, was that most of my friends who lived “in town” never really understood.
And then I went away to college for three years at the University of Arizona in Tucson where I did not have to deal with snow. Of course that was not including winter break where I would fly home and it would just so happen that the two winter breaks I came home that the days I was flying in were during snow or ice storms. It was fun to show all my friends in Tucson pictures of snow though.
Then when I transferred to Kutztown University, I once again had to deal with commuting in the snow. That even included the time that Route 737 was closed for bridge work right around my driveway and the road was not treated since it was only open for those of us that lived back here. Perhaps even more frustrating now is that the driveway is not winter friendly. The house sits at the top of a steep hill with a curve followed by another hill before reaching a bridge and then going up another incline to get to the main road. Most of the time it is possible to see traffic driving, if a bit slower, on the main road having very few problems while the driveway is a sheet of ice due to little sun. Which again, can be hard to explain to people when the main roads are drivable.
Now, I may complain about snow when I have to go somewhere but when I have the option of staying home I do rather enjoy watching it. Living in the woods means watching the snow cover the trees and stay that way with very little disturbances. It can be relaxing. And I remember when sledding and playing outside in the snow was fun and one of the things I looked forward to the most. One of my favorite things to do now is to take pictures of the snow, which I still tend to send to friends in Arizona.
I guess the best way I can describe it is that I have a love/hate relationship with snow. I do also enjoy seeing other people’s photos so please do not hesitate to send them in!
Shea Singley is the editor of The Hamburg Area Item. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.