Snow Is Great. Why Block It With an Umbrella?

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A quick reminder ahead of this weekend’s impending blizzard: You don’t need an umbrella in the snow. This may be obvious to those who see the snow for what it is: beautiful little ice crystals of ungodly design, which fall gracefully from the sky and coat the earth in white. Unlike the rain, which can get you soaked, and sleet or hail, which can physically hurt you, the snow, in most cases, is harmless stuff, assuming it’s not coming down too hard. It is a privilege to stand outside in the snow as it descends from above, to watch a single snowflake curl curiously in the wind as it finds its way haphazardly to your jacket sleeve and melts away. The rain can pelt you. A snowflake just lands on you, peacefully. Why would anyone want an umbrella to prevent that from happening? There are, of course, reasons to use one. By all means, open one up if you want to keep your hair dry or your makeup unmussed or your leather purse undamaged. But you’ll still be missing out on something special. To modify a quote attributed to Bob Dylan: some people feel the snow, others just get wet. In which category would you prefer to be?

Snow Is Great. Why Block It With an Umbrella?