Here in our region of Georgia we’ve had our first (and perhaps only) snowfall of the season. It’s only an inch or two – a light dusting, in comparison with what states to the north of us routinely experience – but it is nonetheless causing delight to shine in the eyes of children all around the area. From timid toddlers to normally-reserved teens, kids are heading outside with their joyful hearts on display. Even those whose parents ordinarily have to plead with them to go outside and play require no prodding when faced with newly fallen snow. Kids who may know each other only in passing come together is the outdoor spaces of parks and neighborhoods to collaborate on battle strategy or snowman construction. Indeed, it seems to inspire this elation in anyone who doesn’t have to drive in it (and even a few of us who do). What is it about snow that draws children of all ages out of doors with smiles on their faces? From snow balls to snow angels to snow forts, it awakens our creativity and motivates us to drop everything and play.
Perhaps it is our universal longing for a connection to the natural world. Playing in the snow provides that, even during a season when our usual practice is to shut our doors and windows tight against the elements. Even when the Earth seems dormant, snow reminds us that nature is always alive and working her magic. The natural phenomenon that we call snow reunites us with nature and with each other in a way that little else seems to at this time of year, while at the same time keeping us in touch with the joyful child within.
Does freshly fallen snow do this for you? Is there anything beyond your control that serves to awaken your own inner child? That inspires you to drop everything and play?
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