…and England has ground to a halt. Happens every time it snows. It is such a feared natural phenomenon – NATURAL, guys, geddit? – that even the news crews on TV don’t call it by its name. Snow is known as ‘the s-word’ or ‘the white stuff’.
It would be funny if it weren’t so tragic. I remember, as a kid, marching to school behind one of my teachers, part of a moving human caterpillar, with snow up to my shoulder level on both sides of the narrow trench we flattened as we walked. Eighty percent of us made it to school that day, teachers and pupils alike. Adults led by example and we relished the feeling of having conquered this small battle, despite being soaked and facing another long walk back home in the afternoon.
Nowadays… What do we get? Kids watching the College website, knowing there will be a notification telling them to stay at home. I’m watching the news as I write this and I’ve just heard an ‘expert’ encourage people to stay at home and not ‘risk’ trying to get to work. Nice one!
Health and Safety will keep us in one piece, no broken bones, perhaps, but it will ultimately mean the death of our sense of responsibility, common sense and self esteem.
If you want to see some pretty pictures taken at 6am this morning by one of my kids, click on the link below.