“I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up so snug, you know with a white quilt, and perhaps it says, ‘Go to sleep darlings, till summer comes again’.”
– Lewis Caroll, Alice in Wonderland
This morning, the first day of the new year, I unwillingly opened my eyes from the comfort of sleep, only to see that Mother Nature had decided to surprise us with a shower of delicate flurries. I was snuggled up in the warmth of my home as I stared at an enchanting scene outside my window.
As I stepped out for a walk in the noon with my husband, after a round of mulling over & questioning, there was another snow shower that lasted a few hours. Let me explain the ‘thinking over’. Flashback to the winter of 2010 in New Jersey. We experienced a severe snow fall that was the result of a blizzard. After a couple of hours of fun & games, I realised it’s more pain than joy. Trains stuck, plans ruined, the heavy winds literally bashing our faces with snow….I was done! The sleet, the slipping & the sedate streets worsened it. Everything seemed dull & grey. The incident resulted in me dreading every snowfall. “Summer, summer, where art you thou?”, became the chant.
January 1st, 2016. The cold biting through my coat, the crisp air, the gloom in the absence of sunshine …..they all seemed trivial and I suddenly felt myself thanking the creator for the best New Year’s gift we had ever received…..the snowfall! Why?
1. I missed it…I missed the pristine white. I missed the romance of cloudy days.
2. 2010 was my first cold winter ever!Coming from Bangalore, I was new to the extreme low temperatures, the frost and the glum. I missed home & India. I still do but now, I know how to pep myself up with the smaller things….hot chocolate, marshmallows, bubble baths, blogging & art.
3. 4 years back, I was groaning & moaning as I donned my over weight jackets for I felt it was cumbersome and tiring by itself. Now, after some ruffling, rummaging and a whole lot of exploring in the stores, I have come to love winter fashion, the coats, the boots , the works! I also know how to layer myself up in a way that I can actually patiently wait for a ‘walk’ signal without losing my mind.
4. Most importantly, I have learnt to appreciate more & complain less. The barren trees are still beautiful. There is immense satisfaction in running into a warm coffee shop and taking in that first sip of hot tea/coffee. It is supremely motivating to watch people ice skate with a certain thrill even while slipping & falling a little bit( haven’t dared to try it yet but I really should!)
And so, as I forayed into the snowfall in the noon with my husband today, I realised that happiness lies in the simplest of things. I felt my steps slowing down as the snowflakes kissed my face and silently grazed the ground. I skipped & I smiled. Winter is here…I’m grateful & I’m learning to embrace it.
Here’s to life’s simple moments, to the beauty of nature & changing seasons!
Happy 2016 everyone! What are your favourite winter moments? Do share!