(MCT) — Like alcohol at a party or testosterone at a rugby match, there’s something about snow that just makes some people, well, testy would be a nice word.
It probably has to do with the disruption to normal activities that comes when a snowstorm like this weekend’s brews into town.
The first inch or so is beautiful, spreading a white blanket across everything. It’s as if all the imperfections of the world around us just disappear for a few days.
The next few inches start presenting an inconvenience, as events get canceled, schoolchildren get an unexpected day off and a lot of people change their plans and stay put.
Anything after that is an annoyance. People are essentially forced to stay home, a lot of them unable to even get out of their driveway.
Compounding the headache this time around is that winter came to the Metro East Illinois in one day, dumping more than a foot of snow and paralyzing the region at least temporarily.
It’s a frustration, but certainly not a reason to try to transfer that anger onto others. It’s not as though we haven’t been through this before or that we won’t go through it again.
Most people appreciate this and are patient enough to wait for the thaw to return things to normal.
For a few, it becomes one giant complaintfest, as they loudly question why things aren’t moving as quickly as they would like.
“Why haven’t the snowplows been down my street yet?”
“How come it’s taking the delivery person so long to get my pizza here?”
“Who decided to cancel that event? I was looking forward to going.”
Still others — those who do venture outside — take their frustration out on the roads, creating a danger to themselves and others.
Who hasn’t at some point been driving down a snow-covered road out of necessity only to have someone start riding their tail and trying to get them to speed up.
Some people — the majority of people — et it. We are all at the hands of Mother Nature’s schedule and there is little that is worth pushing to the edge of endangering lives.
For those who eschew that view, we offer a simple mantra:
Just chill. Be safe. Be patient. Spring weather is on the way. ———
This editorial first appeared in The Telegraph, Alton, Ill.
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