Tuesday, November 29, 2005
The First Snow
It snowed last night for the first time this season--just enough to make the trees glisten and the streets slushy. Maybe two inches all told.
Alas, not enough to qualify for a paid snow-day off work. Even I, an unhappy driver in the snow, had to concede that the streets were not exactly unconquerable. Although it's sometimes amazing how a couple of inches of mucky slush is enough to stir chaos and close schools here on the West Coast. People from the Prairies just laugh at us.
It was very pretty anyway. The children at preschool enjoyed it. Well, until their mittens got soggy anyway.
Have you ever tried to wrestle twenty preschoolers into and out of snow-suits, hats, boots, the full winter-time ensemble? It takes some mental preparation.
You need to go deep inside yourself and find that small calm centre and take some deep breaths. Aaaahhhhhhh..... Ahhhh...
(AAAHHHHH!) "Where is your other boot?... Hmmm, your zipper is stuck... Who else needs to go pee?... Mittens are not for hitting. (AAAAHHHH!)
On the plus side, you are getting paid to help build a snow-man.
This is the snowy forest around our yard.
By the end of today I was weary, but I still enjoyed the walk home. More snow clouds may be gathering, but the late afternoon sun filtered through the mist and made the valley down below gorgeous and dreamy.
I live on one of many neighbourhood hills like this. My street would make such a perfect tobaggan run, don't you think?