How to Build a Snowman

Feb 17, 2021

After living in Boston for three and a half years, I have finally gotten around to building a snowman:


From the experience, I have learned that constructing each sphere of the snowman's body consists of 3 stages.

  1. In the first stage, one needs to form a snowball of adequate size that can be rolled around without falling apart. To form the snowball, one can break off pieces of snow from the ground and pack them together with one's hands. At this stage, attempting to roll the snowball on the ground will result in more snow being lost than gained, so resist the urge! This stage lasts until the snowball is around the size of a small watermelon.
  2. In the second stage, the snowball is large enough to be rolled around, but should be done so with intention. If one deliberately steers the snowball towards patches of loose, amiable snow and applies pressure to force snow to stick, then the snowball can grow rapidly. On the other hand, if one takes an aloof approach, such as kicking the ball along the ground, it may not grow at all. This stage lasts until the snowball is around the size of a small beach ball.
  3. In the third stage, the snowball is so hefty that it can easily pick up any snow it rolls over using the sheer pressure of its own weight. You no longer need to worry about rolling with intention, but instead can focus your efforts on simply not giving up (you may be tempted to since the ball will be so heavy). This stage lasts until the snowball is large enough for your needs.

Could this be a metaphor for something?