It has been an especially calming day and I give credit to the snow. Here, in Victoria BC, it is rare to get snow, let alone approximately fifteen centimetres in one night.
Waking up just before 3:00am to snow was blissful. There was a sense of calm in the crisp air, quietness outside, and a orange glow reflecting off the freshly fallen snow. On a typical morning I would want to crawl back under the covers, turn on my heating pad, and fall back asleep. Today, however, I had an urge to venture outside before others left footprints in the fluffy stuff.
Timely, yesterday I organized all of my scarves, toques, and gloves. It made for a quick bundling up session this morning before venturing outside to Victoria’s snowfall of the year. I, for just a little while, felt like I was back in Alberta or Ontario.
The goal was to walk outside, to imprint my footsteps along the sidewalk and create a narrative that hide the many other stories and feet that traversed the same ground just hours before without leave a physically visible mark.
Along the way, I was excited by the snow as it found crevasses within tree branches, railings protecting pedestrians from the step hill down to the oceanside, and along the pier. It was the perfect morning to wandering with thoughts floating through my mind only to be interrupted by the rare car passing by.
While I believed I was the only one out wandering during the nighttime snowfall, I was excited and unmoved to see footsteps of a few others. My guess, by the light snow cover over their steps was that they ventured down the same pier as I just moments before me. Their footprints stole the show, altered my narrative, and created the perfect contrast to this calm and clear morning.
With another snowstorm warning in place for this Friday evening, I have decided to stay indoors and to admire the beauty of winter from underneath a heated blanket while watching movies from my younger days such as “The Breakfast Club”, “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” and “Pretty in Pink”.
The winter season is one upon us and I hope that you have found comfort in your friends, family, and in front of a cozy fireplace with a great cup of tea!