Let me tell you how I feel when it snows. It’s a wonderful experience. Why? It is so beautiful, that’s why!
I grew up in India, and my hometown, Ranchi, is lucky enough to have a chilly cold season, but never any snow. The first time I actually saw snow was when I was around twelve and my parents took us to Manali, a picturesque town on the foothills of the Himalayas, during the summer vacations. It was the perfect family holiday. I guess part of the reason was that my sisters and I hadn’t become monstrous teenagers yet so we didn’t give our parents much of a headache 😉 Since it was summer, there was no snow in the town any more, so we drove up to Rohtang Pass for a day. The snow was one of the highlights of that whole trip.
Today I live in Stockholm, and have seen three winters here, of the white variety, I mean. With the first big snowfall each year, I go back to being an excited twelve-year-old. As fresh snow piles upon every available surface, some weird, warm, fuzzy feeling bubbles in me. My neighbors might be wondering about the crazy woman who smiles at floating snowflakes, turns every now and then to examine her boot marks, walks around drawing faces in the snow, or incessantly clicks pictures of snow-laden random objects. It’s only because she feels so perfectly happy to see this novelty they call snow 🙂
Learnt a new weather term recently: Flurries. Basically it’s a light snowfall. See the dictionary meaning here. Nothing too special in Stockholm, a land of snowy winters. But it sounds rather adorable, I say! To me it sounds like that feeling in your tummy when you think that the cute guy that you have a massive crush on, just turned around and looked straight into your eyes…yeah, that pretty much sums up the thought ‘flurries’ brings to my head. Well, who says I have to agree with the dictionary, right?!
There should be a term for this, something similar to collecting dust, right? Toys abandoned in the playground at the start of Winter, swings waiting for little children to jump on them once more, slowly growing a thick white cover, collecting snow… until the weather Gods show some mercy and gently melt away the cold, giving way to Spring…
Snow! We’ve all been reading in the news how winter is playing games around the world with parts of USA and India experiencing the lowest temperatures in decades, while on the other hand, Sweden which is kinda known for it’s white Christmas had to celebrate a grey one instead. Hence, it’s a bit of a relief that snow is now back in Stockholm, yay!!
Well, to be honest the header also goes for me, since I have been holidaying in India for the last three weeks, and enjoying every minute of it, so much so that I put my dear blog in hibernate mode for the most part. But worry not as I am back too! Hope all my readers had a great holiday season & are back to business refreshed & rejuvenated. And hope to keep you interested in my blog in the new year as well. Happy reading!
“But frost, like the crystallized dreams of autumn, began to coat the clearing with its sugar glaze.”
~ Victoria Logue, Redemption