The perfect snow

The perfect snowfall is something like this:

You tuck yourself into bed and pull the down comforter up around your ears. You fall asleep.

At some point in the night, you awaken briefly. The world is silent, totally silent, that peculiar silence that only comes with a heavy snowfall. You smile to yourself and go back to sleep.

Somewhat later, you awaken. The skies have cleared while you were sleeping, and a full moon is in the sky. The unusual brightness in the windows tells you that everything is white outside. You go back to sleep.

In the morning, you awaken to find the sun shining and the landscape covered in white. It’s pristine–no footprints, no cars moving. The fir branches are drooping with the weight of this heavy magical snow.

You perk and pour a cup of hot coffee, put on parka and boots, and step outside into the magic.

You don’t have to go to work. All day you play in the snow, admiring its the alien landscape. Then you go to bed.

The next morning you wake to find that all the snow is melted and the world is back to normal–no slush, no dirt, no nasties. The snow has come, and it has gone just as quickly.

This is the perfect snowfall. We didn’t get one.

Instead we’ve had 15-20 serious hailstorms in the last couple of days. The ground is white, but it’s white with ice. The road is slippery. The paths are slippery and crunch under your feet.

But the lentil soup (made with leftover prime rib, no less) is simmering on the stove and bread is warming in the oven. Christmas has once again come and gone. We all survived it. It’s a pretty good evening, snow or no snow.

Hope yours is as nice.


5 Responses to “The perfect snow”

  1. dollarstoreadventures Says:

    Aww that’s a beautiful word picture you drew.

    And yes, I must admit, it just poured here. 😦

  2. undercanopy Says:

    Here in San Diego, there have not been any snow as long as I can remember. It’s all sunshine for most of the year.

  3. Marianne Says:

    The first winter I was in the San Francisco Bay area, it snowed on Christmas Eve. I’ll never forget it. And I never saw it again, even though I lived there 15 years.

  4. Jeff Moriarty Says:

    Mmmmm… I bet the lentil soup will make it all worthwhile. I get hungry every time you put one of your cooking references into your blog!

    Happy New Year and all that! 🙂

  5. Marianne Says:

    Hey, Jeff, right back at you. Hope you are well and happy in the Gomorrah that is corporate life.

    The lentil soup was REALLY good, a new recipe. We had the leftovers for lunch today, and as with most legume dishes, it was even better the second day.

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