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When I grow up, I want to move somewhere where it snows for four months of the year. I think snow is one of the most beautiful things in nature, and the fact that it is relatively common just adds to the beauty. The sight of a perfectly flat, white lawn with the tracks of little birds that have hopped around under the frosted trees never fails to amaze me.
However, Kentucky’s weather is notoriously hard to predict and white Christmases are rare. The winter holiday season just doesn’t seem complete without a blanket of snow, and snow days off of school are always a treat.
Snow days provide the perfect opportunity to get together with friends to go sledding at Freeman Lake Dam, and then watch a movie and drink hot cocoa. Although many high school students, especially seniors, complain that snow days push the school year too far into summer, many area high schools have built-in snow days to keep the summers just as long as scheduled while allowing for the possibility of snow days.
Snow is also very entertaining for teenagers, children and adults alike. Making snowballs, snow angels or snow men and going sledding, skiing or snowboarding are some of the more popular snowy activities. Usually, Hardin County only has a day- or two-day-long window of opportunity for these activities. These once-a-year novelties are very exciting for people of all ages.
Although snow comes with cold weather, this provides the opportunity to bundle up in rarely used scarves, gloves and heavy coats. This provides yet another annual novelty that compensates for the icy chill.
Snow in Kentucky is a relatively rare occurrence and it should be celebrated rather than groaned at.
April Winebarger is a senior at Elizabethtown High School.