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WHITE PETALS AND SNOW SNAKES
Lo. sifted through the winds that blow,
Down comes the soft and silent snow,
White petals from the flowers that grow
In the cold atmosphere.*

It's snowing and blowing like crazy. All day long the flags have been overworked, stretched out to their snapping points, straining in the stiff breeze, ends fraying. This snow is so different from the last stuff we had. Then it was fat and wet and lazy and perfect for packing. This is more like diamond dust. It's dry and granular and it blows up against everything in great drifts and piles and ridges of frozen airy weightless white sand. In the streetlights it glitters and shimmers nonstop, a constantly shifting and sifted sugarpane.

It was "fun" driving home from work tonight, after all the weather-report-hype: roads closed! trucks in ditches! traffic snarlups! freezing rain! and the blowing, blowing, blowing of the winter wind. The usually 10-minute drive home took only about half an hour, not nearly as bad as I was fearing, and the highway was actually fine in the direction I was heading. Despite the snow snakes slithering across the blacktop and the long congo line of red lights ahead of me, it was steadily moving. The plows can't keep up though, and it's the little residential areas off the beaten path that suffer; we rarely get plowed back in our neighborhood and going around each wiggly turn fishtails the car just enough to be exciting.

I was last home, and the warm lights in the windows beckoned. The kids were out romping in the snow with the next-door-collie Max. The blowing snow got in every possible crevice of their clothing. They came in wet and clammy and icy cold from snow down the back of their pants and in their boots and between their hats and their heads. They also came in with strawberry cheeks, sparkling eyes and electric grins that could power up a small city.

Color by Real Weather, NOT Photoshop!

Cracking Me Up: 3 and 8

Really Great Writing & More Out There Right Now: Indigo Leaf Magazine

Laughing So Hard It Hurts (and the thing is: it REALLY HURTS): Bush on Zork

*George W. Bungay, The Artists of the Air
 relaxed
mood: relaxed
music: Michael Penn—Brave New World


Comments

Those two grins are priceless. It makes being a mum worth every second of it.

I can't believe you had to drive out in the weather today. It's so windy, snowy and really icy. You should have seen the 36 car chain collision near where we used to live. Ten people badly injured as well.

Be very, very careful!

Well, I had to drive to and from work, and then Karin and I actually ran up to the store in the car right before they closed because otherwise I would have been caught without the cold-and-caffeinated-bubbly tomorrow! *shudder*

There were a lot of accidents here, too. On the small stretch of highway between Lund and our exit, there were 4 cars off the road and 2 trucks, 1 blocking the road, which they had closed off during RUSH HOUR. oy.

Ha!! Gorgeous smiles!! I've seen that smile on your face before :)

They get cuter with every picture! :) I love your kids.

I love the dragon in the basement story. Love it!

Oh my gosh! Look at the absolute joy on their faces from the snow! They look radiantly happy!

Look at their rosy cheeks!!!! They look like they had a ton of fun out in the snow!

(Anonymous)

What a great picture, Liz! It really caught Erik's eye as he was giving me a hug. He has been wishing for more snow for us this year, but other than an early (Dec) snowstorm which dropped 10 inches or so, it's been rather scarce this year. Actually, it's been quite the odd winter in Kansas City and across the Midwest US. (60+ degrees in the middle of January???)

Again though, good looking kids. Stay warm and safe. :)

(Anonymous)

OH I loved this post. SUCH beautiful writing. Such wonderful descriptions of the quality of snow. And I'm glad you're home safe--and I love your pink cheeked kiddos. They are just too beautiful for words.

excellent picture!

it's a bit different here than in the states, huh. schools and work don't close before the first snowflake has fallen, and if you lack milk you don't hoard it before the storm - you go out in the dark in the middle of the freaking storm to get it, ha ha! :-)

Hehehehe, Your kids faces say it all!! LET IT SNOW, LET IT SNOW, LET IT SNOW!!!! Love it!!! Until I slip on my @ss!!

Oy...love those rosy cheeks!

(Anonymous)

Beatiful I think I could use some fun like that today :) alex

Love the picture ! they must of slept like angels.

(Anonymous)
Strawberry cheeks!

Oh look at those strawberry cheeks and sparkling smiles--- such happiness-- I'm soaking it up like the sun!

~bluepoppy

"They also came in with strawberry cheeks, sparkling eyes and electric grins that could power up a small city."

It's a good thing you provided a picture to back up that power generating claim. You were 100% right!

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