Novak (novak) wrote,

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Personal: The Blizzard of '08 and Childhood Superpowers

There was a time in my life when the blizzard raging outside right now would have filled me with thrills of anticipation, especially in its forecast of twelve to eighteen inches of snow accumulating today. The cancellation of the University's sessions today has instead only hit me as an opportunity to do laundry. If you'd told the 9 year-old me that I'd be happy to do laundry in the face of such disaster, instead of making what I now know to be life-threatening tunnels along with my obligatory snow fort, I would have stared at you with the acute blankness of Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder before immediately forgetting you and your silly words and returning to my much more important work.

Of course, I might at that time welcomed the adult observation that my childhood utter imperviousness to cold constituted an authentic superpower: at some point I inherited my family's normative reaction to this weather, which is more on the order of kryptonite than invulnerability. Now I fear that it will soon be my tiny nieces who are digging tunnels under a few feet of snow and endangering themselves in that way, once they too learn the lesson that childhood seems best experienced away from adult eyes. But I wish I was nearer to them right now, to watch them play in the utter mess left by the storm, though I confess that watching them from behind glass with a cup of hot chocolate sounds more appealing, at least after maybe five minutes' play with them in their snowsuits. I suppose I could resurrect that much of the 9 year-old Mike before succumbing to the elements....
Tags: family, personal, weather

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