Snow

#reverb10 prompt: Appreciate. What’s the one thing you have come to appreciate most in the past year? How do you express gratitude for it?

Sleep? I really appreciate a good night’s sleep when I can get it… Friends – but I say that every year. For good reason, of course. However, my nomination for “most appreciated” in 2010 is…ta-dah…snow!

It really has been a very snowy year, and although there’s nothing new in that as such (irregular, yes; new, not so much), and in spite of all the inconvenience, I can’t help but feel a tiny happiness every time I see a bench or a branch or a car (sorry, car owners) almost completely hidden from view. And then there’s the light! The darkness descends, as it is doing right now (a little past 3 pm), ridiculously early, but this being the city, the snow then multiplies the light from street lamps, Xmas lights, windows, and all is a-sparkle.

Even though it makes running more challenging, even though it wets my boots (I really need new ones, I really really do), even though it can be treacherously slippery, bumpy, fall-through-y – I quite like snow. I think I’ll go out in a minute to better appreciate the blue dusk.

By the way, the first Christmas cards arrived today. ‘Tis truly starting to be the season. Not quite ready yet, me…

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