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THE BACK PORCH — I'll never forget the first time I saw New York City in person. I'd seen images of it on screens for years, but in-person was a completely different experience. It was the first time I had ever seen a city that big.
It was mind-boggling. The height of the buildings, the lack of space, the number of people everywhere: It was almost too much to take in, but I loved it. But someone who grew up in New York, or another big city, wouldn't think much of it.
My point with this is our experiences often make us take things for granted. When I woke up this morning and saw snow on the ground, all I could really think was: "Great. I have to go get the shovel."
But the man in this video had a very different reaction when he first saw snow.
The YouTube channel "Ling and Lamb" features a married couple. The wife is from America and the husband from Nigeria. The channel is often about the two of them experiencing one another's culture. In the video, the husband is enjoying his first snowfall. It's fantastic to watch his awe at the fluffy precipitation and take joy in what most of us take for granted.
He's excited to try a snow angel for the first time, and I love his reaction to experiencing the first time snow goes down the back of his shirt.
There is something pure and joyful in this video. Hopefully, it makes your day a little better — as it did mine — and reminds us all that just because we see it every day doesn't make something mundane. The world and the people around us are special, and repetition shouldn't rob us of that joy.