When I was a kid, snow was a thing of awe!
Growing up in Fresno, CA, I can recall only one time that it snowed at our home. All the kids went out into the yard to scrape together snowballs, build a small snowman, and have a snowball fight.
All the kids but me. I somehow managed to come down with a cold that day. Mom wouldn’t let me go outside.
Then we moved to San Mateo, near the coast and snow was a few hours’ drive away.
Now I live in Colorado and tend to take snow for granted.
Snow in the forecast conjures up visions of shoveling, bumper to bumper traffic, and fender benders.
I caught that snowflake above last Thursday at Eldora Ski Resort where they hope to open this week! My customer there pointed out the amazing flake shapes that were coming down. They’re tough to capture on a phone camera but they were really cool (literally).
Despite the awesome snowflakes,
I have a hard time wrapping my head around the idea that winter is coming.
The short days and cold, achy temperatures get me down.
I’ve wondered before what advice I would give to my younger self. Maybe I should flip that script.
What would my younger self tell me about winter?
- “You’re so lucky you just have to go outside to play in the snow.”
- “If I could afford it, I’d put up a million Christmas lights, and leave them up all winter!”
- “I bet it’d be fun to go sliding in your car around a snow-covered parking lot!”
- “Mmmmm, hot chocolate!”
- “I can catch more snowflakes on my tongue than you!”
Maybe I’ll listen to my younger self this winter.
I’m certainly game for more Christmas lights. I’ve already had my first hot chocolate of the season. And if we get a big snowstorm, don’t be surprised if you see an even bigger snowman on out front lawn!
For now, I intend to enjoy these next few warm days before it really starts cooling off.
Pardon me while I go get the sleds ready while the garage is still warm…
2 thoughts on “Flaky Outlook”
I live up by the continental divide here in Colorado and it is snowing now! I keep reminding myself every year “shoveling is a great aerobic workout!” Pulling out the long johns and winter boots!
I even wrote a haiku several years back about snow. Crystalline snowflakes, gently descending to earth, my shovel hates them. ❄️