(BALTIMORE – January 25, 2016) – Murderless! That’s how I choose to look at the Blizzard of 2016: a murderless weekend in Baltimore.
I personally think it’s worth celebrating. Sure, it comes at a huge cost. The entire state has been in a state of emergency since Friday. However, considering how the news is supersaturated with murders much of the time, Bodymore, Murderland proved that murders don’t always have to happen. We do not have to live up to the rep.
Frankly, I’m relieved to watch the news and not see this person or that one killed and the scene of another suspect being arrested. It weighs on the psyche, no doubt.
And we have good ol’ Mother Nature to thank. It almost makes me wish a blizzard happened every weekend – and not just in Baltimore. If it would stop the killing, I’d seriously consider it. But, of course, it doesn’t work like that.
It does, though, make me ponder the benefits of a blizzard, including this – the worst snowfall in Baltimore on record (29.2″). For instance, people stay in the house. Families get reunited. Outside the house, people spend time in their actual communities – saying hello to neighbors they haven’t spoken to in weeks. We see familiar faces and find ourselves catching up on things.
Kids get to be kids. And that is a wonderful thing, too.
I think a lot of people have found social media to be an outlet. Interestingly, our social media at Bmorenews (facebook, instagram, youtube, twitter) has mushroomed 400%.
So, that’s my 2 cents. ‘A bad winter’ has its benefits!
Special thanks to Officer Nicole Monroe, Baltimore City Police Department media relations, and the other officers on the force who do a fine job all the time!