Getting Out Despite the Snow

By: Jaime McCutcheon Email
By: Jaime McCutcheon Email

Days and days of difficult roads conditions in the Heartland have kept many of us inside, but we can't stay inside forever. Take a look down any major street and no doubt most of us are getting out and about. With temperatures like they are right now, we might not want to be outside, but how long can we let the weather rule our lives? Not long it seems because folks in the metro aren't letting the snow, ice and cold keep them off the roads or sidewalks and away from what they do every day.

Inside Wohlner's Grocery Store, it's a colorful and warm oasis for Tippy Denenberg and her three year old daughter Sasha. "I was just thinking that I was never so happy to see Wohlner's before in my entire life."

All around town even the most every day locations can seem like a destination. "Primarily we are getting out of the house after school being closed for two and a half days, you can tell we're a little barn sour," says Denenberg.

And there comes a time when the cold and snow just can't keep us from the dairy aisle any longer. Nor can it keep some from the outdoors, no matter how bad it gets.

"Doing what I've got to do, I've got to walk the dog," says Pat Hardin.

We won't find the snow slowing down Hardin and his 16-year old dog, Grizzly Bear.

Dr. Carl Greiner, a UNMC Psychiatrist, says, "usually activity will take care of cabin fever."

Dr. Greiner tells us as social creatures, humans thrive around others, which is why returning to our every day routines can feel so good. "Human beings have a big part of their brain that allows them to have social interaction, and I think we're so socially connected that even talking to the clerk about what's a good asparagus or do you want to get this broccoli - I think those kinds of interactions really light us up."

It's making for a joyful afternoon for Denenberg and her daughter, who now also have a cart full of dinner and dessert.


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