Thursday December 3, 2015

The First Snow

If you've read any of my past posts, you've probably noticed that I'm a huge fan of talking about falling leaves-- I've mentioned them in at least 3 other posts. There's something about seeing the leaves fall that leaves me at a sense of peace and awe, as falling leaves tends to mean that Fall is in full swing. Well, good news everyone. Those falling leaves have turned into falling snow as the University of Dayton just received it's first snowfall of the season. 

After I got back from Thanksgiving break, my flame of excitement to return to school was quickly burned out as I came to realize just how much was left to do to close out this semester in the next three weeks; Three papers, two presentations, and finals galore. As I sat in my room last night-- now completely decorated for the Christmas season-- working on one of my many presentations due this week, I was interrupted by a breathless friend standing in the doorway.

"What's wrong?", I asked.

"It's snowing!", he replied.

Needless to say, I quickly mobilized half of my floor and led a great expedition to the winter wonderland that had quickly taken over the university campus. Unfortunately, we were not the first group to enter the freshly-frosted outdoors. Snow angels had been formed, snowballs had been thrown, and people danced in the winter snowstorm. Groups of people, mostly from the south, starred up in awe seeing snow for the first time.

For a brief 15 minutes, or as long as people in shorts and t-shirts could stand the cold,  we let ourselves be awestruck. We all returned to those early days of our childhood, acting as if we were just seeing snow for the first time. We all forgot for a moment the stresses of our lives, and simply danced in the snow.

I think we could all use more moments like that in our lives. After all, when was the last time you were awestruck by snow? 

As a side note, we are now 21 sleeps until Christmas.

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