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Topic: Winter (the season) (08/13/09)
TITLE: An Unlikely Day
By Beth B
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It was a usual winter morning, or so I thought. It was early and still dark. I pulled the comforter snuggly to my chin, rolled over and attempted to fall back to sleep. Stu, working at home today, was already up. He’s always been an early riser. I envisioned him with his first mug of coffee and surfing the net before beginning his work day. Wide awake now, I thought of my day ahead. I listened. It seemed quiet. Too quiet! I slipped out of bed, pulled on my navy blue robe and warm fuzzy slippers and headed for the kitchen. As I waited for the water for tea to heat in the microwave, I peeked out the sliding glass door. A daily ritual. Hoping to catch a glimpse of blue skies, sunshine, deer, green shrubs and pine trees, I was surprised to find the landscape covered with snow! It was as if the Lord had sprinkled powdered sugar all over the neighborhood, to my surprise and delight. I can count on my hands the times it had snowed in our small California town. I put the green tea bag into the steamy mug. I smiled as I recalled leaving my winter clothes at home when I moved to the sunshine state as a young bride. My vision of California: sunshine and beaches – summer year round!
I ran down the hall to the office and threw open the door.
“It’s snowing! Did you know it’s snowing?” Stu always broke the snow news!
“I haven’t looked outside!” Stu exclaimed. He opened the blinds. “I had no idea!”
Arm in arm, we watched as the snow continued to fall. This special display of God’s creation was captured on our digital camera. Soon excited children congregated on the field across the street. We watched through the kitchen window as boys and girls, young and old, slid down the hill on saucers. Their enthusiasm was contagious. A small brown terrier yelped and chased after the children. Some worked on a snowman. Too soon the warmth of the sun melted the snow. By late morning, there was no evidence it had snowed - only our memories and pictures.
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