Who doesn’t love a pretty snow globe? A symbol of childhood, innocence, and the happiest days of our youth. With or without a music box, these glass spheres create a feeling of warm fuzzies all while sharing a cold winter weather scene. Created by glassblowers in France in the early 19th century as adjuncts to paperweights, these pieces eventually made their way to the United States and became popular collector’s items in the 1920’s. They have featured everything from movie scenes to tourist attractions and are a very common gift given to children even today. We have quite a few snow globes around our house and I know I have gifted snow globes on many occasions. Because everyone is a sucker for a snow globe.
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But did you ever wonder what it would be like to live inside a snow globe? Is that a strange question. I know I am not the only one who has considered this idea. There are, after all, movies that have been made about just this concept. I do remember seeing the ABC Family Movie, Snowglobe, as well as A Snowglobe Christmas more than once during the holiday seasons. So clearly there is something magical about the idea of a snow globe and its tiny little spellbinding contents that mystifies and intrigues people who peer inside.
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While the movies portray life inside a snow globe as enchanting communities of perfection, I can tell you that it’s not all the spellbinding reverie that the movies make it out to be. And I would know because, you see, I live inside a real life snow globe! Well, maybe not exactly a globe per se, but it sure has been feeling that way lately. Like I am trapped in a whirlwind of snowstorms with periodic moments of calm which are never quite long enough to allow for the snow to disappear before we are all shaken up again. And you all, my fine readers, are viewing my snow globe life right on your computer or telephone screens.
Living in the North Country is an interesting experience for sure. And when lake effect snow bands hover over us, it really is quite like an excited child has picked up our snow globe and started shaking it like crazy, giggling uncontrollably as the snowflakes swirl round and round in the most vigorous vortex of white fluffy stuff. However, unlike a snow globe which only contains a limited amount of snow, here in my reality the snow just keeps on coming. And it just continues accumulating.
For those of you who have never witnessed lake effect snow, I must tell you that it is an awe-inspiring sight. Snow falling at rates of 4, sometimes 5 or even 6 inches per hour, is a mind-boggling vision. Staggeringly beautiful the first time you see it. The second time you see it, the awe turns into “Oh My God, I have to go clear this stuff out of the driveway.” And after that, a lake effect snow warning elicits only dread. Eventually, you just laugh as you are clearing the snow from your driveway only to look back and see 2 more inches have accumulated where you have just cleared it…in the time it has taken you to get from one end to the other.
This is what I am looking at for the next 10 days…with no apparent end in sight.
When my 4 year old ran out of school on Thursday afternoon, shouting excitedly, “Mommy, the groundhog saw his shadow! That means 6 more MONTHS of winter,” I merely hung my head in quiet acceptance and replied, “Yeah, that sounds about right, kid.” So while all of my warm weather friends are beginning to gear up for Spring, sharing all of your airy lightweight frocks, know that I may be stuck in a perpetual winter forever and you will be seeing all of my fur and velvet and boots and other cold weather outfits until sometime in May or June!
You may now be wondering, “What exactly does a person do when they live inside a snow globe?” Well, we embrace it for what it is. There is simply nothing to be done outside of moving. And that is not an option at this point. So I just go out and create images that appear as if this snow is great and wonderful and full of magic! When in reality, it really does quite suck, to put in bluntly. But the smiles and laughs are genuine. They always are!
I hope you all continue to enjoy my snow covered photos! There are lots more to come.
Keeping it on the edge,
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