Go with the (spring) Snow!

blog-snow-bToday, four days past the middle of March, I waken to the dreaded four-letter word.

S N O W.

But I decide to shovel away my disgruntlement of another wintry day and to exercise outside No Matter What. Normally I dislike the cold and the fear of falling on icy roadways, but after three months of this weather, and after meditating my breaths into ACCEPTANCE, I choose to go with the flow. Or in this case, Go with the Snow.

The wind is as soft as a whisper, and the snow falls delicately, yet quite seriously. My boots traipse through about six inches of the white stuff. To my California mind, six inches is a lot of snow, but after living in New England for a few years, I realize that six inches is not impressive.

Well, good, I don’t want to be impressed. I want to warm up my blood with a hefty hike, intending to walk around the neighborhood a few rounds, leading me up to at least 5,000 steps on my Fitbit.

But I hear something. A promise….a giggle….an urging that impels me to head for the woods instead. The trail is narrow but navigable. My eyelashes grow heavy with flurries, but I wipe them off and follow that inward murmuring. Here. Here. Almost there.blog snow 1

And then I stop, mouth open, my awe taking my breath away. The silent snow changes to light-filled glitter, glitter that sparkles colors of the rainbow: peach, pink, lavender and gold. And tiny fairy-like creatures fly in and among the glitter, like hummingbirds dancing in sun light, only in this case, snow is the sun.

Their wings move so swiftly that their movement becomes a blur, but one stops every once in a while and flies in place, in front of me, wings moving gracefully, tiny bright blue eyes peering into my widened ones. A bubble bursts inside me, as if the glitter spreads throughout my blood and moves me into freedom. My body even lifts a few feet. W O W!

But by saying WOW out loud, I startle myself and fall down into the powdery snow, laughing. At myself. At the fairies. At the snow. And at knowing that absolutely no one will believe me.

Fairy, Sparkling, Glitter, Gold, Fairies Magical, MagicThe fairies fly off with the flurries. I pick myself up, wipe the glitter off my coat and pants, and skip all the way back home.

Happy Spring, Every One!

147 thoughts on “Go with the (spring) Snow!

  1. This is tagged as fantasy and flash fiction, but I suspect it’s real. 😏 Lovely!
    Six inches is a big snowfall for my area, but I know daughter in Massachusetts now says six inches is nothing, and like you, it’s embrace it or don’t go out for months.

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  2. You are lucky to have snow! πŸ™‚
    We lived for quite a while in Northern Scandinavia because we love snow, real winter for at least half a year with the joy of skiing, skating, sledging, building igloos and the fun driving on icy roads. All this we miss here at the coast of North Norfolk. Here we have sunshine and it’s spring now. Our winter lasted a fortnight only.
    But you write fiction, well winter becomes more and more fiction. The magic of winter is vanishing.
    Thanks for sharing
    The Fab Four of Cley
    πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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    • I am so happy that you found me here! Thank you for your delightful comment. To be honest, by the end of February I am not feeling lucky to have so much snow here in New England. I am a sun sister. But I usually get away for a little while in the middle of winter to sunshine, which helps me then come back and play in the snow with the fairies. 😏

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    • Yes I think the operative word here is SUN. You and I are sun soul sisters and we want spring so our hummingbird fairies can return. In the meantime though, I appreciate our snow flurry fairies here in the Northeast. 😍

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  3. Snow is the only thing I like about winter, and I wish I had been with you on your walk into the woods. Do you think the fairies would have stayed hidden if they were visited by more than one person? Are they shy?

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  4. HOw beautiful! When my daughters were young I would tell them stories of the fairy dancers spinning and leaping on the water where the sun dappled it just so… thank you for your beautiful story and reminder of those fairy dancers. ❀

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    • What a beautiful story, Louise. And the fact is even if your consciousness didn’t know about it, your unconscious being knew about the fairies dancing in that sparkling water. πŸ§šβ€β™€οΈπŸ˜‡πŸ’™

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  5. Oh, how wonderful, Pam! I one hundred percent believe in your fairies. They especially love to come out in springtime snow. I think they have to so that we don’t get all dark about yet another snowfall πŸ™‚
    Beautiful writing.

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  6. What fun! The Valley has half the necessary rain, Sierra seems to have adequate snowfall, but not going there. I’ll leave you to describe the fairy dust with love.

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  7. Love this! I’m a big believer in fairies and used to catch them as a child on the hillside and put them in my little bag. They were seeds that had burst into flight but to me they were, are, fairies. This post had me missing Chicago snow storms when the snow first falls in all its beautiful glory!

    Peta

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    • You know as well as I know that by the sixth snow storm, we’re wishing for seed fairies instead of snow fairies. πŸ™‚ I’m not at all surprised that your imagination began as a child, Peta. The lucky ones of us who remain child-like in our perspectives all lifelong can still see the fairies. . xo

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  8. Shoot! You could’ve proved what you saw by the glitter you brushed off your clothes. πŸ˜‰ Of course, they’d say could’ve put it there yourself.

    I’m a Chicago suburbanite, and 6 inches is too much for me. But, I do enjoy the magic of a glittery few inches. We’re seeing spring this weekend. Hope you do, too. Have a good one.

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    • YES, spring is arriving and I think the fairies’ glitter is what helped it come along, encouraging the song birds and peepers to show their stuff. Keep an eye out for glitter, Lori – you could be surprised at where you find it. ❀

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  9. Of course the fairies were real! They all wore their little snowflake lace dresses and tapped the twigs of the trees the way Tinkerbell does, making magic snowflakes appear, each with their own unique design. You’re so lucky you saw them.

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  10. Snow does that… Transforms the landscape and often takes our breath away with its awesome purity and beauty..
    Beautiful piece of writing.. Loved your descriptive writing Pam. Love the image.. And Happy Spring too Pam.. May we all enjoy the season of new growth and renewal..

    Love and Blessings your way.. ❀ ❀

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  11. Once I read Shimmering Images, a book by Lisa Dale Norton. Your snapshot of stop-action film captured a perfect moment of time, which I’d call a shimmering image. An attitude shift came with it – super!

    The whole post caused by mine to leap to another poem, Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
    BY ROBERT FROST
    Whose woods these are I think I know.
    His house is in the village though;
    He will not see me stopping here
    To watch his woods fill up with snow.

    Thank you for breath-taking poetic prose. Always a pleasure to visit in this happy place, Pam!

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  12. Just had the most magical fairy conversation with my 5 year old niece and then I read your beautiful post. Apparently fairies abound – the tooth fairy, garden, woodland and snow fairies… all visible for those of us who want to see.

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  13. Will someone please escort the lady home? We can’t have another accident fairy hunting.

    Enjoy that snow a few more days, Pam. In a few months, we’ll be complaining about the heat. You know we’re never satisfied. 🀣

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    • Chuckling at your comment, Pete. Yes I suppose you could say I am a fairy hunter who often gets lost in the woods. But fortunately they have always shown me the way back home. πŸ§šβ€β™€οΈ Also I must tell you, I never never complain about the heat! 🌝

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  14. Hi Pam, β€œ…shovel away my disgruntlement…” made me smile (from afar).πŸ™‚ I have seen snow glitter and sparkle, yet not how you describe it. Beautiful and magical! I believe you about the fairies. Thank you for adding magic to my day. Happy Spring!❀️

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    • I have absolutely no doubt that you know the reality of my story, Erica. California has its own sunshine fairy glitter, which I love beyond measure. But the spring snow fairies sure help me carry-on until the first daffodil appears. 🌼

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    • Have you ever read the children’s book called the rainbow goblins? It’s a freaky scary tale but my kids used to love it. Well in this case the rainbow fairies take over the land. 🀩 Happy first day of spring – may it be a renewal in so many ways.

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  15. I garden and build for the fairies. I was with you on that walk and fell down with you. The pixies, fairies and leprechauns all had such a lovely time with your visit. We all need to spend more time with them. Wow is what it felt like. Thanks for this. Spring is here now.

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    • Haha. We know, Marlene, what so many others miss. The magic (and magic people) are all around us if we only stop and look (and believe!!). Right now I’m ready to find Tinkerbelle in a daffodil or two, which will be ready to bloom in a week or so. Hooray!

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  16. Pam, your story sparkles with Spring magic and it falls with a light touch upon us all!πŸ˜€ Your sense of joy at this surreal encounter is captivating, and even as you fall into the snow the sense of wonder never fades. I bet you’re glad you headed out for that walk and as for six inches of snow, that would be a blizzard here in the UK and bring the country to a standstill. Two inches did just that for a couple of days in January!

    Here’s to warmer days for you … may the vibrant colour of Spring flowers soon adorn your walks!❀️

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    • I’m just as happy (more happy?) with two inches of snow as opposed to six – or the two feet we get now and then. Just one snow flurry brings magic. But I’ll admit, I’m happily awaiting the magic of flowers opening and earth warming and sun shining its blessing. Happy Spring to you and yours, Annika. Perhaps another twirling dance amongst the daffodils will soon be in order for you. πŸ™‚ ❀

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  18. I found a “real fairy” in Venice. She puts silk strands of color in your hair. I chose gold and the strands sparkle in my hair. People notice and ask me where I got the “glitter” in my hair. I tell them that the “Hairy Fairy” put them there. So sparkle away Pam!!!

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  19. Having been born and raised in PA I know of what you speak re snow and don’t miss it but at times I do miss PA weather especially during our hot (and getting hotter it seems) summer. I thoroughly enjoyed your story though and you do make your posts fascinating and interesting to read. Thanks so much for sharing.

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  20. That’s called making the best of a bad job, Pam! 6 months of snow is ‘de trop’, I don’t care what Klaus says. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ It’s wonderful… no, necessary!… to conjure a little magic but I would be for hibernation.

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    • I’m nodding my head in agreement with you! Winter is challenging – especially for those of us who are sun sisters (and I’m one of them). Thank goodness the snow flurry fairies help me get out of the winter funk and find some fairy glimmer light at times. Speaking of glimmer, we are now getting a glimmer of warmth and spring, and it ALMOST makes the wait during winter worth it. πŸ™‚

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  21. What a really lovely story, Pam! We had snow this winter and the drifts cut us off for a day or two. We went out walking and I am almost sure I saw one of your fairies. The sun shining on the snow caused such pretty rainbow sparkles that there must have been a fairy or two there. I got a lecture from my dear husband on refracted light, prisms and rainbows instead of a meeting with a fairy. Such is life!

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  22. Loved this. I am from eastern Canada and we get quite a lot of snow in the winter. The whole season is beautiful and charming, but can get quite depressing when you are a sun/warm weather lover like myself. We had the warmest day of the year so far today, the sun was magnificent and most of the snow is beginning to melt away. Hoping it is the same for you soon! πŸ™‚

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    • You described the “problem” perfectly, Robbie. Snow is GORGEOUS, but snowy weather is very cold and that part is not fun (at least it isn’t for me). Thus, the fairies help me out until – finally – the sun warms up the Earth here and the birds return and the flowers become fairies become flowers….. xo

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