Thursday, April 10, 2008

All is well with the world!

It has been snowing!

Now, before you think I have gone off the deep end, please, hear me out.

I have live in Alaska my whole life. Life is different up here including the weather. There are some constancies I have come to count on. It used to be that during the summer we would always have at least one 1-2 (some years three) week period where we would have gorgeous weather. We never wanted to leave in the summer for fear that we would miss that short period (and still don't). This has changed only slightly over the years. In the early 90's we had full summers of great weather but now we seem to be reverting back to the single block of good weather. The other constant is during winter. Almost every year that I can remember we get a Spring is Coming tease around February. Then in March or April we get a dump of snow. This is something that I count on. This year is thankfully not an exception. The snow was completely melted from my front yard. Everything was gross and looking like spring. Everyone else was getting their hopes up that winter was over. Not me. I was counting on that one last snow. It came!

Now, don't get me wrong. I love Spring and Summer. I love not having to put on a coat and boots to go outside. I love not shivering going to my car. My thankfullness for this snow has nothing to do with the actual coming of Spring. It has to do with restoring my faith in the world so to speak. This is especially important to me since last year we did not get a Spring snow. If it had happened again I think that my world would have been slightly shaken. So many things are changing all around me. Things are so different than in my childhood. This is like the last area of constancy. One of the last threads that is again unbroken that gives balance to my life. So I am glad for this snow once again. This reminder that all is well with the world once again.

Now the snow can melt. I am ready for Spring!

Thanks for stopping by for a bit of pondering. Have a great day!

Until next time...

2 comments:

  1. I love April snows! It's kind of like winter's last hurrah. Of course, everyone probably thinks I'm crazy where I live, but April snows are great. They look pretty and are virtually gone in 2 or 3 days. I'd say we get them once every 5-8 years. We didn't even get our mid-March snowstorm either this year. That would be pretty typical.

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  2. It still SUCKS!!!! I hate snow.

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