Here in New Hampshire, we're used to snow. We know that winter is a thing. We also know that convincing ourselves that winter is over when it's still only March is a terrible, terrible idea. We KNOW that, and yet we do it anyway. Especially when we get a stretch of really warm, glorious weather. "Oh," we say, "It's been above freezing for four whole days! This is it! We won't get any more snow!"
It's like Mother Nature sits and waits for us to make these ridiculous announcements so that she can pelt us with more snowstorms and laugh at our folly -- and she does it pretty much every time. Take this week, for instance. Did we think we were done with snow? Were we foolhardy enough to say those words out loud? Yes. We did and we were and NOW we have a Nor'easter headed our way.
The question we should ask, though, is: WHY? Why do we allow ourselves to believe that winter is over when, seriously, it's not even Saint Patrick's Day yet ... AND WE LIVE IN NEW HAMPSHIRE? That's like deciding a Red Sox game against the Yankees has been won in the first six minutes, and we all know that's just a terrible thing to do.
I think that the short answer is hope. Visually, March doesn't have a lot to offer us. Winters up here seem verrrryyyy looooooong. If we can start to believe that winter might (maybe? pretty please?) be over, it lifts our spirits. Quite simply, when the world seems frozen and cold, we need to believe that there is something better -- warmer, greener, and more lovely -- around the corner. Let's face it: it's 100% true that spring IS just around the corner. Winter just happens to be a long street and the corner is a bit further away than we anticipated, so we keep hoping for a shortcut.
So what do you do when you get a snowstorm when all you want is spring? Well. You appreciate the beauty of the snow. You revel in the fact that life is beautifully, wonderfully unpredictable. And you remember that there has not yet been a year when winter was not followed by spring's fabulous renewal. We may not be there quite yet, but we will absolutely get there.