The news of deaths during the current winter weather is always sad but why is the wintry weather so much more of a crisis and so much more ‘difficult’ to deal with than it used to be 40 years ago? Even the current weather, which is more severe than we have seen in perhaps the last 10 or so years is no worse than I recall from my childhood in the 1960’s.
Or perhaps it’s society that’s changed. In the 1960’s we were more dependent on walking and less dependent on travelling by car. It was more likely that our families and our jobs were within walking distance and we hadn’t yet developed the habit of holidaying abroad, especially at Christmas. We were less likely to expect it to be our right to travel whenever and wherever we wanted, regardless of the weather. We knew the dangers of getting hypothermia and took more precautions to protect ourselves. And I can’t help feeling that our news services were a little less inclined to hype up into such a drama every negative bit of news and comment that came their way.
So let’s recap. It’s winter. It’s cold. It’s snowed and is snowing still. Now lets strike a blow for common sense and just get on with it. Help the old and vulnerable if you are able. Use modern communications to keep in touch. Instead of moaning about what we cannot do lets boast about how we coped and how much fun we had instead. Like we used to in the old days. And plan next year’s special long distance visits when it’s less likely to be dangerous to travel (or so expensive).