Laboring Like the Snow

February 6, 2017

Snow day.  Bring out the sleds!

Snow day. Bring out the sleds!

Like Snow

by Wendell Berry

Suppose we did our work
like the snow, quietly, quietly,
leaving nothing out.

I appreciate Wendell Berry’s sentiment, but snow makes me want to play!  I am not the only one.  Snow is rare in Seattle, and even a light covering of white on the sloping lawn around Green Lake was enough for sledding fun.

Snow day at Green lake

Snow day at Green lake

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Snowy Sunday morning at Green Lake, Seattle

Snowy Sunday morning at Green Lake, Seattle

Yes
by William Stafford

It could happen any time, tornado,
earthquake, Armageddon.  It could happen.
Or sunshine, love, salvation.

It could, you know.  That’s why we wake
and look out — no guarantees
in this life.

But some bonuses, like morning,
like right now, like noon,
like evening.

Even those of us who had to work this morning — like I did — enjoyed the unexpected bonus of a winter wonderland outside our windows.  I’m too much of a wuss to drive in the snow, so I walked to work.  I like that snow slows me down.  I think other people were sleeping in this morning because the path around Green Lake was relatively quiet.  Let me take you along on my walk.

Neighborhood street

Neighborhood street

Snowy path along Green Lake

Snowy path along Green Lake

 

February snow.  Sunday morning at Green Lake

February snow. Sunday morning at Green Lake

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"A snow day, in the simplest sense, is a day a child spends outside normal time." -- Adam Gopnik

“A snow day, in the simplest sense, is a day a child spends outside normal time.” — Adam Gopnik

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First Snow

November 23, 2010

Snow-frosted hydrangea

Spider web dusted with snow

Seattle got its first snow of the season yesterday.  I’ve heard predictions that this will be a snowy winter for us.  The forecasters might be right — this is early for snow to hit the city.  Some years we don’t get snow in Seattle all winter long.

I enjoyed my walk to work yesterday morning.  The snow was just beginning to stick, and I thought we’d be lucky to have an inch or two before it melted.  Some kids were already out sledding. 

The day grew increasingly blustery and cold.  By evening, two to six inches of accumulation were predicted, and temperatures dropped to the teens.  With the wind, it looked like a real blizzard outside.  The branch libraries closed two hours early at 6:00 p.m. to give staff extra time to get home on icy streets. 

Now it looks like the cold and ice will last until late Wednesday.  I’m glad we have no plans to travel this Thanksgiving.  I can relax and enjoy this first taste of winter.

Kids sledding at Green Lake on the first inches of snow

The last two sleds for sale at the hardware store in Greenwood

Maple leaf disappearing under the snow