Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Why I dream of spring (or, Of snow and sacrilege)

Snow is a white blanket 
It covers trees and fields 
And when I step into it 
It comes up to my heels 
-by Rachel, age 5

When I was five, growing up in Maryland, I didn't know how good I had it. In Maryland, snow is heavy, dense, packable. Good for throwing, sculpting, and making into snowballs, snowmen, snow forts, snow angels. If in Maryland snow is a thin, white blanket, then in Mythaca it's a fluffy, down comforter. It's five down comforters all piled on top of each other, and then it's six, and seven, and eight of them, and still it falls. When you open your car door, it whirls up in a cloud, finding its way into every fold of your clothing, and settling in a fine dust over the front seat. It's goose down, a handful of blown dandelion fluff, and it shimmers on the road at night like cut glass. It's been coming down for over a week now. While in Maryland snow falls in a linear and predictable manner, here it swirls around and around like a snow globe shaken. The air is constantly shifting in front of your eyes like visual white noise, and it's equal parts soothing and twitch-inducing. It swirls and churns, and for as many flakes descending in a downward trajectory, there are just as many floating upwards, outwards, and sideways. What if, instead of melting, snow was sucked right back up into the sky, like a nature film in reverse? Would you believe in God? What if all your mistakes could be undone with the touch of a button, and you could see them all rushing past you, like so many snowflakes, skyward? If Jesus really loved us, instead of washing our sins as white as snow, he would have given us a rewind button. Like Tivo for your immortal soul.


  1. Ha! So that is where little deer babies come from. You're like the nature channel!

  2. I didn't think it was deer mating season?

    Maybe these were just exhibitionist deer?

  3. Bwahaha!


  4. *snort* hahahahahahhaah

    ~Being Samiantha

  5. Those deer sure know how to build a snowman!

  6. Heart this very much. That is all.

  7. Okay, this is the best post you've ever done. Easily.

  8. Deers are so cute!

    Kate xx

  9. Ok. If you're not going to search for a book deal, can we do it for you?!