Mike Collins, Senior Press Officer at the National Trust, on why snowy days are a great opportunity to spend time outdoors.
Whenever it snows I think back to my childhood. Hours spent in the freezing cold with my fingers tinkling as we built snowmen or had snowball fights. Those were the days when memories were made that would last a lifetime.
Waking up this morning my two kids were so excited and opened the curtains to whoops of joy. Around 10cm of snow fell overnight and it’s been snowing continuously, sometimes vertically, since first light.
When we ventured out in to the garden and beyond two things stood out. The sheer joy of the kids as they played in the snow and their cheeks gradually went red. And the total silence. The background noise of daily life changed as cars remained glued to the spot that they were parked in. Lone birds flew around in search of shelter or food and a flock of starlings battled against the biting wind.
Slowly parents and children gathered with sledges of all shapes and sizes. Their mission was clear: the thrill of the ride and the beaming smile. For decades it hardly snowed in the winter beyond the hilly areas of the UK and suddenly for kids it’s becoming ‘normal’ for them to see more than a light dusting of snow.
Snow days are a great chance for families to spend time together and experience the feeling of cold on their faces and the thrill of the sledge ride and the anticipation of a warming hot chocolate. Today we’ll be adding some handwritten notes to our memory tin.
It’s also time for communities to come together and have that rarest of things – a shared experience – as people pour out on to the streets, reclaiming them from the dominance of the car.
When it snows kids become connected with nature and find that sense of fun and excitement that they can only ever find from being outdoors. Being indoors can never match these experiences that make us whole and enrich our lives.
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