I must be getting old. And all it’s taken me to realise this is one walk out onto the sleet-covered pavements to notice this. Not much snow, ’cause that doesn’t really happen. It may not be quite like that, but it feels like it’s been one storm after another here in Edinburgh. But while other towns in Scotland have been flooded or had extreme wind, we mostly just get the wind. If anything the usual light rain turns heavy – apparently heavy enough to mess the Water of Leith path near Dean Village, but that’s not what I was here to talk about.
On Saturday morning, we woke up and it had been snowing. So out I went and I went through the park. Now the thing about snow is that I haven’t seen that much of it in my life, so despite my age I probably get as excited as a six-year old. The park didn’t seem to have that much snow on the grass, but somehow people were managing to get fairly spectacularly-sized snowmen done, even if that meant leaving no snow at all, just green grass around the snowman. Other kids were using the slopes in the park to play on their sledges. So two things hit me right then:
1: I don’t actually know how to make a snowman!! (ok, minor detail)
2: people must get a tiny bit excited over snow if they actually leave their houses and forget all about technology (except for the two childless adults building a snowman as tall as them and taking selfies with it)
Yes, so this is where my old lady rambling sets in. I am only in my thirties, but I still remember when we grew up. We had no mobile phones, and even way into my teens (when we did have dial-up Internet at home) we would spend lots of time out on the street with our friends, playing ball, skipping, walking around eating gummy bears. Now part of me would say blame the smartphone, for the way things have changed, but probably not. When I got my first mobile aged 16, I would actually text people in the middle of the night. Just because I could. And it was by no means smart. Just like what’s happening with smartphones. We don’t have to actually go out to meet people, so why should we? And when we do, we don’t actually put the phone down.
After this little rant you can probably guess this is the reason I got so excited when I saw all these people playing in the snow. I guess after all pre-technology aged kids (maybe not all kids aged 6 have an ipad) still have the same desires to get in the mud and throw snowballs at each other. And call me naive, but this gives me hope for the future. I really hope these kids keep it up and, at the very least, take their children out to play with snow in the winter (if it’s still snowing by then).