October 27, 2011

First snow

“Snow?! We’re expecting snow?” blurted the young woman as she came into the classroom. “That’s crazy!”

She sat down next to a student in a bright fleece, who looked at her curiously.  “We always get some snow before Halloween," he said. He shrugged and looked back down at his book. "It won't stick, ground's too warm."

In late October, it’s easy to tell the out-of-state students from the local kids.

The first snowflakes of the season drifted past our classroom windows this afternoon. The last few days have been dark and rainy — a steady, cold rain — so many of us are eager to see the snow arrive. I’d rather walk across a frozen surface than slosh through puddles and mud. Snow is bright and cheerful, and actually warmer than rain because it doesn’t leave you sopping wet.

“I can’t wait for the real snow to arrive,” said Long Blonde Hair. “We’re going to build snowforts on the quad.”

She’s come to the right school.


Kyla said...

My dad was in Denver this week and it snowed. He emailed me photos of the kids' names written in it on the steps of his hotel. :) I was very jealous. I love snow, but live in the wrong state for it.

Jennifer (ponderosa) said...

Last year we had a huge, freak snowstorm around this time that broke branches from trees still full of leaves; but this year although it may be 20 degrees in the morning, the sky is still clear.

I can wait a little longer for snow : )

Sarah said...

What a lovely vignette. ^_^

Zhoen said...

I didn't grow up quite as far north, but I always loved the first flurry of huge clumpy flakes. And for much the same reasons, the mud of wet autumnal rain. Snow is beautiful, and doesn't soak in to leave one raw and damp.

BrightenedBoy said...

Damn it, stop beating me to the punch!

It's been snowing here for hours--the first October snow I can remember.

jo(e) said...

BB: What's ridiculous is that you are getting more snow than us right now. What a crazy year this has been for weather.