It’s snowing.

10 Nov

I complain about the early snow, but really, I don’t mind. How can something that coats the ground like smooth velvet be bad?

Remember that excitement when you were small, and the first snow hit? How even half a centimetre was a cause for joy and wonder? The world was changing! The air became heavy and moist, your breath would hang on it for what seemed like hours. Even the sunlight would be different, clean and cutting.

I would spend hours sitting in my backyard, playing at nothing and everything in the snow. Building forts, having grand adventures, all those things a lonely kid would do on a snowy afternoon. I’m come back in the house, frosty, with snow packed down my boots and in my sleeves. My nose would be red, and I’d stand on the forced air vent to warm my toes. My mother would make hot chocolate, and tell me to stop hogging the hot air.

My best memories of my mother are from winter, the cold clear nights when she’s flip the porch light on and off so we’d come back in the house, the steamy kitchen, fragrant with dinner, curled up on the couch on the too cold nights, reading or watching the news. She was such a warm presence then, a steady warmth I could count on to warm me no matter how chilly it got outside.

It’s snowing today. I hope I can make some warmth for my babies too.

3 Responses to “It’s snowing.”

  1. Caitlin November 10, 2007 at 11:41 am #

    I’m the only one in my house who still looks forward to the snow. I love how quiet it gets and the way it reflects the light after dark. I usually go walking after midnight when it snows, when everything is fresh.

    I envy your childhood snow memories. I never saw enough snow to do anything with until I was 25.

  2. CamiKaos November 10, 2007 at 1:00 pm #

    It barely ever snows here and the whole city grinds to a halt whenever it does, but I love to watch it, love to take K out to play in it and love to be inside where it’s warm to watch it some more.

  3. marcelarhodus November 11, 2007 at 5:46 am #

    I have not seen snow since I was living in TO about 7yrs ago… sigh…
    I love it!

    and would love to give my kids the kind of memories you’re talking about… we might get lucky this winter as they are predicting snow in Yokohama (crossing fingers here)

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