I’ve been waiting for snow. Temperatures in my area have been unseasonably warm. I don’t like it. It’s not how winter is supposed to feel.
Sure, I know people disagree with me.
“Snow is terrible.”
“I hate shoveling.”
“Driving in this slop sucks.”
“I’m sick of being stuck inside.”
That last one always gets me. Stuck inside? What do you mean? Slap on some boots and a well-insulated jacket and you’re good to go. Explore. Make tracks in the fresh snow. Walk a dog. Go sledding. Have a snowball fight. Get your cardio in while shoveling. I’m convinced if you shovel to techno dance music, it doesn’t seem like shoveling at all. Hell, it’s better than running on a treadmill inside like a freaking hamster in a wheel. Crisp, fresh air invigorates your lungs while your arm, back, abs, and leg muscles get one heck of a workout. Plus if you’re late to work, you’ve got an excuse that no one frowns upon.
“Sorry, the weather held me up. Couldn’t get out of my driveway.”
“No problem. Happened to all of us today. I made some hot cocoa. It’s in the break room. Have some and warm up before you start working.”
See? Snow is wonderful. It connects people.
Something about snow also soothes a germaphobe like me. Seeing a pristine blanket of white covering the land makes me think all the infections swirling around town have been conquered. It may not be a scientific belief, but it seems true to me.
Nighttime snow is my absolute favorite. Snowflakes captured in the glow of streetlights shimmer and twinkle as if they possess magic. Have you ever stopped to watch them? Time stands still. You don’t feel cold. You don’t feel rushed. You don’t feel stressed. The quiet hush soothes. It’s like being in a snow globe where a single, tranquil moment has the possibility to be eternal.
Sounds great, doesn’t it?
Yeah, so. I’m waiting for snow. I’ve got my cocoa ready.
If you’re waiting too, try the fifth book in my Maple Leaf Series, More Than Cocoa. It’ll warm you up even if it’s cold outside.
What is winter like where you are?