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A First Snow

Yesterday we had our first snowfall of the winter. I was thrilled. Although my adult self worries about getting out the next morning, there is still a child in me that feels like every snowstorm is a celebration.

This morning the landscape is transformed. Because the snow was wet it stuck to every leaf and twig. Some trees are bent over from the weight and many listeners to my radio program called in to say that their shrubs and trees were heavily damaged. Not much to do for many of them, although split trunks can sometimes be bolted together. Despite the breakage, it is gorgeous outside.

As I drove home though all of this snow-covered beauty I was thinking that there are times when the landscape of our lives is suddenly transformed as well. Sometimes these transformations are happy ones: a birth, an unexpected raise or new job, a garden in extra-glorious full bloom. Other times an abrupt change is tragic: an unexpected death, the loss of a job, a fire or flood.

Many transformations are like yesterday’s snow. They bring both beauty and difficulties. Children usually focus on the good that a snowfall brings; school is closed and there are snowmen and forts to be built. But as adults we think of power outages, difficult shoveling and hazardous driving.

There is some wisdom in a balance of these two outlooks, I think. We can acknowledge that a sudden transformation brings beauty and difficulties… we can remind ourselves that it’s possible to appreciate and cope with both.

Even a chain link fence is transformed by the snow.

Even a chain link fence is transformed by the snow.

3 Responses to “A First Snow”

  1. 1
    Kylee:

    You’re right and provide good food for thought here!

    You got one of those gorgeous fluffy snows. We got ice. :-(

  2. 2
    John at JWLW:

    Hi: CL Its now Saturday afternoon 12/20 we where without
    power and Internet service since last Thursday Night 12/11. Came on Friday 12/19. Lots of ice damage and now this morning snow. We now have a propane space heater installed and a new generator. Fireplace kept us warm until new heater was installed then we got warmer. Three days before the generator was running, Old generator would not start.

    We got lots of good Photos and will be posting them on my blog. Have a lot of threes down or broken limbs that will require cleaning up, Fire wood for next winter.

    We spent some of the evenings sitting in the living room in front of fire place feeling like pioneers or early settlers. Reading by light from lantern. Got a lot of reading in.

    Over all it was good learning experience between a simple way and a modern way relying on electronic gadgets and machines.

    John

  3. 3
    CL Fornari:

    Every time the power goes out we realize how completely we rely on electricity. At the same time, I relish the absolute quiet when there are no refrigerators, no pumps and other equipment that add low-level sound to the household.