Tuesday Thought with Phil Gibbons, Media and Communications Officer for the Clifton Diocese
ADMIT it – we all felt a little bit better. Yes, it was a bit annoying and yes, it caused a lot of disruption to a lot of people, but I have to admit that the snow we experienced over those few days recently made me feel happy and brought me closer to my fellow cold and wellie-clad neighbours.
Like most people, I always tend to look forward to the summer with great anticipation and a smile as I know the sun will eventually shine and with the sunshine comes a change in the way people interact and see the day to day life in the city. Bristol is blessed with a veritable plethora of great events and places to experience when the sun shines. But it is always the change in people's outlook and attitude that makes me smile most.
A gentle 'hello' to a stranger, or even a full on conversation can take place when the sun shines, rather than the curt acknowledgement of each other's existence that tends to be the case on a dreary, damp and cold morning.
I found this similar feeling on that Friday two weeks ago when we were treated to a major dumping of snow.
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It seemed to bring out the caring side and also the fun side of many people who perhaps are not so in touch with this part of their personality – me included.
Whilst walking past a student accommodation block in the afternoon, I found myself under siege, being bombarded with snowballs being thrown by students who certainly didn't play for any cricket team (or any other sports team) that I could think of, as their feeble attempts to turn me into a snowman fell a good six feet short of their intended target.
Now, normally I would have shouted some obscenities at these urchins and cursed the whole of Bristol's student population into perpetuity, so why did I stand there, calmly assess the situation and then enter into a light hearted (and in no way competitive) exchange of snowball lobbing with a smile on my face? It was that summer feeling.
No more than five minutes later I found myself offering my arm to two different people who were looking in danger of taking a tumble. On both occasions, we entered into a short but jolly exchange of dialogue before going on our cautious, slippery way – maybe a bit happier for the exchange.
In short, if it didn't cause so much disruption, the snow is welcome in my life anytime – but roll on summer.
Phil Gibbons is Media and Communications Officer for the Clifton Diocese