I realized as I was getting ready to write about week 2 in quarantine-life that Snow Happy launched just over a year ago!! In all the disarray in our newfound, albeit temporary, reality, I discovered I wrote my first blog article about Steamboat Springs March 15, 2019. We had just returned from a winter adventure with friends from Washington DC, and it made me reflect so much on while we love skiing, what we love best is sharing the joy of winter with others!
That takes on a whole to meaning today, March 26, 2020, as we enter a world in which must shelter at home until at least April 11th in Colorado. This isn’t much different from what our family has been doing for the past two weeks, but certainly not what life looked like a year ago, or even three weeks ago when we were cautiously optimistic that we would be heading to Jackson Hole and Big Sky for spring break.
A year ago, we were out and about and freely enjoying time with our dear friends, sharing our passion, laughs and time together. Yesterday, I did a walk and talk with a friend on the phone. I often do this with my mom, but she lives 1500 miles away. This particular friend lives two miles away in the same neighborhood. Later in the day, I did my first Zoom happy hour with friends that live, respectively, 2 doors away and around the block.
Our neighborhood is an incredibly social one and one thing I’m really missing right now as the weather starts to change is impromptu cocktails on the deck or in driveways. I miss that first BBQ of the season. We think longingly of date night at an amazing restaurant. We will do these things again.
Admittedly, I am enjoying the slower pace. I have spent more quality time with my kids than we have since last summer. Playing games, piano, messing around with the Ukulele, family hikes, starting our garden. All the extracurricular are off the table. No more pick up from school, head to hockey, home, dinner, bed. No two-time a week trips to music classes. No games. No random trips to Home Goods that turns into an hour stop and purchase of miscellaneous stuff. Said stuff ends up being returned later, resulting in another trip and a stop at DSW to try on shoes that I don’t need. Or, a pop into Lowes to spy-out a project that I may or may not get to. Oh, and lest we forget multiple trips to the store the minute we run out of something instead of waiting until the next week.
Jeez, when I put it down on paper it sounds just silly and frivolous. It is. But, in all this, my hope for myself and the world, is that we see this hardship as an opportunity, and don’t let go of this new found time and space when we are back to our norms. And, let me be clear: I see my privilege. I am not worried about having a roof on my head or food on my table. Others are. But, I refuse to walk away from this without growth.
“Crises and deadlocks when they occur have at least this advantage, that they force us to think.”Jawaharlal Nehru
Our kids said the other day, “We are in true survival mode with food now.” And we are certainly not. Not in the least. Governor Polis commented yesterday that staying home is the least we can do when our grandparents and great parents fought and died for our country. Hmm, perspective, right?
Another strange thing about our virus-life: How do we help others? In a post-hurricane or other natural disaster situation, you can don your work gloves, board a plane, and lend a hand. Now, the best we can do is make donations, buy gift cards from our local merchants, and grocery shop for people. It’s a helpless sort of feeling, but it’s the best we can do.
I’m hesitant to touch on this because over here at Snow Happy we really like to see the good and keep things positive, but there are so many ski pass holders complaining about the abrupt end of the season and how they feel like they should be reimbursed for their passes. Maybe we should, maybe we shouldn’t. I won’t debate the merits. I was super disappointed to cancel our spring break ski plans and that my trip to Bluebird Backcountry was sidelined, but if we stay home, we will all live to ski another day. And, oh, the joy it will bring!!
For now, stay healthy, stay safe and stay home. Now, read a book that’s been on your list. Play a game with your kids. Call a friend. Check in on folks that live alone and those maybe living in an unsafe domestic situation. Learn a new skill. Work your business. Reinvent yourself so you have more flexibility in times on economic uncertainty. Mostly, love one another. Show up for them.
“In every crisis, doubt or confusion, take the higher path – the path of compassion, courage, understanding and love.”Amit Ray
We will re-book our trips and dream of bluebird powder days ahead, my friends!! I would be remiss without thanking you, our community, readers, skiers, want to know how to enjoy skiing with kids skiers, lovers of winter and those seeking to love winter! I wouldn’t be here without you all supporting Snow Happy, www.besnowhappy.com and shop.besnowhappy.com. Be snow happy, my friends, and find your joy.