The first snow of the season arrived overnight. In honor of the occasion I share with you this morning’s poem.
It’s a day for sweaters and wool socks
Steaming mugs of coffee and hot cocoa
Fires in fireplaces and bowls of soup
It’s a day for snowball fights
And building snow people
Sliding down hills on plastic sleds
In the middle of autumn
Winter arrived today
Days of clear weather
Became cold and cloudy
And snow arrived overnight
Out my window is a blur of falling snow
Stuck to the trunks of trees
And burying potted plants
I will put on boots and a warm jacket
And stomp in the snow
Listening to it crunch underfoot
Icicles will hang from my beard
And my nose will redden from the cold
And all the while, I will grin like a little boy
I have to confess I love Winter. OK, that may be a “well, duh” statement to people that know me. What can I say, just call me Captain Obvious. There’s just something about the snow that thrills me. I love the cool weather and even the flat out COLD we get during the Winter. I love the warm sweaters and down jackets, and scratchy knit hats and glove. I love fires in fireplaces and wood burning stoves. I love the sound of the snow as it crunches under my boots and squeaks under my snowshoes. I am looking forward to skiing again this winter (after many off the slopes) with my return to being a ski instructor.
When we moved to Bend, as much as I was looking forward to the warm high-desert summers and swimming and paddling the lakes and rivers here, I was also looking forward to experiencing a mountain winter. We really had one last year, even getting three feet of snow in one day. From the looks of today’s snowfall, we may be getting it again.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, it’s time to bundle up and go enjoy the snow!
I hope you all enjoy the second half of your autumn, whatever the weather brings your way1