“Yes, we know it’s snowing…yawn,” the comment on my Facebook feed read. It was one of a number that mocked those who dared to be excited about something that doesn’t happen very often in this part of the country (go figure).
I didn’t know it was snowing. The blinds were closed while I attempted to get Freya down for a nap but as soon as I realised I gave up on getting her to sleep – like it was ever going to happen anyway – and held her up at the window.
She was mesmerised.
Pointing, ooking and jumping on the spot. Her first snow. My husband and I were so in her moment that it almost felt like the first time we were seeing it too.
“Let’s get her wrapped up and go out,” he said eagerly.
Pre-Freya I would have looked at him like he had grown two heads (in fact, I wouldn’t as he would never have suggested it in the first place). While I don’t mind watching snow falling while indoors in the warm, preferably under a blanket with a wood burner near by and a good book to hand, going outside is another matter.
That stuff is wet.
In the old days I would have watched for a bit and then picked up my iPad and continued scanning Facebook and Twitter feeds, probably rolling my eyes at people pointing out the obvious: “Yeah, I can see it’s snowing,” I would have sneered.
This time, we were outside within minutes, giggling like loons as we watched Freya try and work out why the sky was falling. When her nose turned red we felt she had probably had enough. Full of excited energy, I thought I would post a picture and share a moment of joy with family and friends. (And, yeah, that’s another element about social media, over sharing.)
But by then the original anti-people-excited-about-snow comments had gained lots of likes and more comments of a similar nature had appeared. Buzz kill.
In the end I didn’t post any pictures as people were not only “over it already” but also getting grumpier that other people weren’t. What I can’t work out is whether we have always been grouchy and social media just amplifies it or social media is the cause of our grouchiness because other people – especially happy people – can be annoying? These days it seems to be all about the snark whereas I’m sure it wasn’t like that in the heady early days of Facebook and Twitter.
Anyway, I’m not upset just thankful, really, that through Freya I get to take enjoyment from the simplest of things again (plus I have a blog that’s all about
ME us so I can post the photos here anyway).