Snowflakes pirouetted like ballerinas in crystalline tutus. Scrims of white came in flurries, gusts, and wind-pushed whooshes. Allegro!
Snow, billowing, beautiful snow.
At last. Nearly two weeks past the white Christmas I dreamed of. Bundled up in layers for the first time this so-called winter, off I went walking…and singing…
For the past several weeks, and months too early, quince blossoms glowed dusky pink, golden jasmine wafted forsythia-like, and daffodils pushed one, two, six inches out of the ground. The Lenten roses opened too, and a cherry tree budded out at the edge of an apple orchard. I opened windows and doors to the spring-like air. We sat outside to have our tea, played cards in the sun.
Too early, too soon.
Retailers complained that winter apparel isn’t selling. People dashed about in shorts and flip-flops.
Today, the wind is cold, the thermometer is stuck below freezing, and the heat creaks on and off frequently. More, more. Encore!