Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Let It Snow! But So Soon?
The season's first snowfall arrived today. As I left work, a wintery mix of rain and snow stung my face and coated my car's windshield, rapidly turning roofs a pristine white. The wet snow clumped up on our lawn - the kind of snow that you know will melt just as soon as the temperature rises, even just a little. I'm of two minds when it snows. On the one hand, the inconvenience of the cold wind and the slick, icy surfaces irritates me. But, by contrast, a sense of coziness envelops me that is so perfectly portrayed in the Bing Crosby movie, "White Christmas," when Bing is joined on the train by Rosemary Clooney, Danny Kaye and Vera-Ellen in the singing of "Snow." The arrival of snow brings the hub-bub and hurry-up of the other seasons to a standstill, a literal chill-out that complements the temperature. There's a blessing in having to slow down now and again. A local meteorologist is forecasting between 60 and 70 inches of snow here this winter, greater than the average. That prediction may give us numerous opportunities to slow down and maybe even stop a bit. However much snowfall we do get, this season -- like all others -- will be a series of moments where we can choose to embrace and even thrive in the midst of what we've been given or we can gripe about it. We might as well choose to thrive, for just as quickly as the snow arrives, spring will come. Nothing is forever on this Earth, not even an irritating, early-season snowfall.