Is it schadenfreude when you’re not laughing at the misery of others, but laughing at their overreactions to things? It may seem cruel, but it gave me a bit of smirk.
You see, on this day, April 6th, it snowed. I looked out the window and the beautiful flakes swirled around like something out of a science fiction movie. I wouldn’t call it a blizzard because very little of it survived its encounter with pavement or concrete. The grass held onto it a bit longer, but even that was rather short lived.
The reactions of people really struck me. I heard so many curse words followed by winter that it was hard to keep track. ESL teachers are a creative bunch; that much is sure.
One of my colleagues wrote a lengthy Facebook post entitled “Die, winter, die!! (Yes, two exclamation points). I wonder what those people over and Cambridge Analytica are going to make of that.
The reactions of my students are much easier to understand. Many of them come from warm (hot actually) climates completely devoid of snow. That they thought winter would go peacefully can be forgiven. They don’t understand that Winter doesn’t just give up. Winter needs to thumb its nose at spring before giving way.
I am not saying I want winter back, but I wasn’t surprised that it wasn’t completely finished. Besides, it looked rather pretty. Also, I know in the deepest depths of summer, people are going to be complaining about the heat.
Like I wrote above, perhaps it is wrong of me to chuckle (mostly inwardly) at the overreaction and creative use of expletives towards winter. I just can’t help it.
Perfect Moment might be a little stretch, but it was no doubt a little entertaining.