Street Light – First Snow

Post by blogger | October 30, 2013      

First real snow of winter — always a big event in the skier’s life.

Throughout the years, I’d celebrated the new white landscape by taking a quiet walk. Leaving a fresh tread, sometimes with glowing autumn leaves photoluminesing the interior of my footprints like the ground was wired for light. I’d ski, too.

We had a child. He took to skiing. More, actually. The boy loved skiing; his life dance.

Once, when the youngster was eight years old, first snow came in the early evening dark. We’d eaten a quiet dinner. I’d seen clouds earlier, so I took a hopeful glance out the curtains.

Sure thing, large wet pancake snowflakes were lofting down, nesting on the fundament like so many tiny halibut.

“Let’s go check this out!”

Out our front door a street lamp glowed a circle of white plastered asphalt. Standing underneath, you could tilt your head back and gaze though a cone of swirling illuminated flakes. They were scifi brilliant — popping out of the inky dark above the light and leaving tails like so many comets. A swirling riot of yellow white on black, as when the spaceship busts to warp speed and the stars blast by leaving after-trails as arcing embers.

Under the light, with our necks kinked skyward, we danced a circle to the slow rhythm of nature. The big wet sloppy flakes whacked our cheeks and fell softly on greedy tongues. A damp, earthy scent rose from the still warm street, like it was raining, only colder. The occasional car passed by, quietly crunching their tires on a good inch of white.

Laughing and smiling like two kids instead of one, we returned inside. Without a word between us, we knew only one thing mattered for the next day.


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13 Responses to “Street Light – First Snow”

  1. T Tingey October 30th, 2013 9:15 am

    Wonderfully written. Waiting for the first snowfall at my house in Salt Lake. The mountains are getting it though. Thanks.

  2. Rob October 30th, 2013 9:29 am

    It’s a magical world, Hobbes, ol’ buddy. . . let’s go exploring!

  3. Anton October 30th, 2013 11:02 am

    This is great Lou!

  4. bob October 30th, 2013 11:58 am

    Sweet memories . . . “The boy loved skiing; his life dance” . . . yep, west coast, waiting, wondering, Tahoe just getting teased.

  5. boone October 30th, 2013 1:30 pm

    Yes! Joy unspeakable as those flakes pile up!!

  6. Patricia D. October 30th, 2013 4:45 pm

    Lou , That was beautiful. Brought tears to my eyes..I miss the snow!!!!

  7. Dave J. October 30th, 2013 8:15 pm

    Nice, Lou. What a gift, our kids and this sport we love.
    Just skinned up on 2′ of fresh on Donner Summit yesterday.

  8. ptor October 31st, 2013 12:53 am


  9. Cisco October 31st, 2013 3:53 am

    Beautiful writing.

  10. OMR October 31st, 2013 8:49 am

    Nice Lou.

    Yesterday during lunch (my employer, luckily, is located at the edge of the Wasatch), I ran up Mt. Wire, something I do 3-4 times a week. It’s always a welcome break from work, but yesterday was much better than usual, I got caught in a raging, sideways blizzard just below the summit. Sadly, as I descended back to work the snow changed to rain. Oh well, getting blasted with snow for a few minutes left me happy and grinning the rest of the day. My boss thought I was sick.

  11. Pete Sveen November 1st, 2013 12:30 am

    The first snow of the year is always memorable and something we remember at all ages. Enjoyed reading about your experiences and family.

  12. Tom November 3rd, 2013 12:31 pm

    Nice writing! Enjoyed the read.

  13. David B November 3rd, 2013 4:09 pm

    Great prose, with subject matter close to my heart. My children and the snow.
    Most enjoyable.

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