Wednesday, February 3, 2010

I heart the snow

I love driving to work in the snow. Does that make me weird?

I mean, don't get me wrong, if I had woken up this morning to find that the office was closed and I was confined to my warm house with a blanket, hot chocolate, my husband, and a full season of LOST to catch up on online I would have been happy as a clam.

But somehow, just the fact that I got to march through the snow in my boots to take the dog to the park this morning and then drive 30 miles up the interstate through a winter wonderland made me almost as happy. (And yes, for the record, I did intentionally walk through the largest snow drifts possible on my way to the park. It makes the boots happy. And the dog, for that matter.)

I know what everyone will say.

"Yeah, wait a few more days till it's grey and gross and you'll be sick of it."

"Just wait till the end of February, then you'll really be done with it."

"Sure, but this is your first winter in Maryland. You wouldn't say that if you'd lived here for twenty years."

And I can't lie, I was a little annoyed that an ice storm down south messed up my flight last weekend. (Mostly I was just mad at the incredibly unhelpful ticketing agent who wouldn't re-route us.) But still- it's WINTER. It somehow seems ok.

I've spent YEARS whining about winter days where the temps are in the 50's and I can't justify a scarf and mittens. I LIKE the fact that school and work don't get cancelled every time it snows, because in winter it is SUPPOSED to snow and the world shouldn't have to stop. Life goes on even in the snow. It doesn't need to be a news event, even if I get excited about it. It's like winter's version of rain, just so much prettier.

I didn't have much time this morning to snap pictures- because, well, like I said, I did still have to go to work. But I think even the tiniest little tufts of snow caught in the branches outside my door look magical.

And if this weekend turns into the potential blizzard that some are predicting? Well, I'll try to get a few good pictures. But I'll also be happy to enjoy a cozy weekend confined to the house. Sometimes it's nice when the world stops.


  1. It is wonderful to embrace winter! Enjoy each moment, the fresh snow, the crunching underfoot and the odd rumble of driving on snow - so different the the hum of tires on pavement! And don't let the naysayers have sway - when the snow is old, slushy and gray it is in its own subtle way a gritty reminder of the realities of life. And it makes the invasion of spring more welcome as well! You are fortunate to now live with the joy of four seasons, each distinct and memorable for its' own special pleasures and uniqueness.
    These 32 years of living in a temperate climate has not diminished my love of snow at all.
    klister, klister! wax the skis!

  2. Love the picture, and regardless of how long it lasts, I'm so happy for you that you are enjoying snow to the fullest!