We had another snow day last Friday, and today is the Family Day Holiday – so we have had four days of relative peace and quiet. We had too much time to watch the ultimate Canadian reality show – the removal of the Truck protestors from the city of Ottawa.
We distracted ourselves from this by trying to watch as much of the Winter Olympics as possible! Now that both the Truck protest and the Winter Olympics have ended, it seems that our news broadcasters are at a loss as to what to talk about!
Snow days for me are usually a chance to re-group, nest, re-organize and plan for events in warmer weather. This pandemic has been the “Winter of Our Discontent”. We have patiently waited indoors and avoided contact with each other, but sunnier times are ahead.
We think of “The Winter of Our Discontent” as being John Steinbeck’s last novel and refers to the idea that “we have reached the depth of our unhappiness and that better times are ahead.” However, the phrase stems from a speech in Richard III by William Shakespeare
Now is the winter of our discontent
Made glorious summer by this sun of York;
And all the clouds that lour’d upon our house
In the deep bosom of the ocean buried.”
This soliloquy is a metaphor – with winter and summer being used to celebrate – “the reign of King Edward-IV has turned sadness, which is like winter, into celebration, like summer. Richard III is not talking about unhappiness, but celebrating – Richard’s family felt they were oppressed, and their lives were unhappy, as though under the spell of a long winter.”
There is nothing so deep and serious going around here on this snow day. I looked back to some previous snow day posts and read:
December 2019 – it was a great day to match socks, and why were there still fishing rods in my dining room?
January of 2020 -I was thinking about spoiling myself and breaking out a new Magic Eraser. I was hoping to avoid watching news about China tariffs, Trump and potential impeachments.
The snow will melt soon, and better days are ahead. To entertain myself, what I enjoy most about snow days is watching large snow clearing vehicles (and buses and garbage trucks) get stuck on my street and slide back down the hill. It makes me smile on cold days.
Below – the snowplow gets stuck and slides backwards, and the garbage truck slides backwards (everyone was fine).
Here the sidewalk clearing device got stuck, and it seems like the pickup backed up to help and got stuck, thereby blocking the road and the sidewalk.
I know that better days are ahead and I will keep trying to enjoy the climb.