I can count on one hand the amount of times Southampton has had a substantial amount of snow in my lifetime. So it’s perhaps not surprising that the city did not handle it well.
But amongst all the chaos I’ve witnessed two amazing things. One, the fascination of a toddler when they experience snow for the first time. And two, the amazing generosity and kindness of people pulling together to help those in need – real life superheroes.
My first snow day
Something very weird happened last night.
I woke up and suddenly everything was white.
Mum huffed as she looked out the window.
And cursed at the stuff that she called snow.
We wrapped up warm before we went outside,
And I was so excited that I cried – and cried.
Everything was white all around.
And more was falling to the ground.
I took off my gloves and my hat,
But mum shouted at me: “NO. Don’t do that.”
I’m not sure why my mum was complaining,
The amazing white stuff was so entertaining.
But soon I was cold from my head to my toes.
With rosy cheeks and a bright red nose.
So we said goodbye to the stuff called snow,
But I really hope that it comes back tomorrow.
Not all heroes wear capes
Our snowmen aren’t the only ones that deserve our attention,
There are so many better men and women that deserve a mention.
You see, something magical happens when it snows,
And we suddenly see some true superheroes.
Like the tractor drivers who helped to clear the roads,
So that stranded drivers could get back to their homes.
Like the plumbers who offered free boiler advice,
And cancelled emergency callout charges – isn’t that nice?
Or the 4×4 drivers who donated their time and their cars,
To help carers reach patients – so many superstars.
Or the emergency services who work whatever the weather,
To keep us all safe despite the extra pressure.
So whilst I’m cosy at home with nowhere to go,
I remember that the real angels aren’t the ones drawn in the snow.
How has the snow impacted you? Have you witnessed any amazing acts of kindness? I’d love to hear your snow stories. Let me know in the comments below.