The First Snowfall

The First Snowfall

The First Snowfall

I grew up in a country where it does not snow. When I moved to Canada in 2005, I was able to experience snow for the first time. Prior to my arrival, my family and I gathered in the living room together and searched for photos of snow on the Internet. I remember the excitement I felt as we clicked on each photo that showcased many houses and trees covered in snow. It was a simple large white blanket that concealed the green grass and brown dirt I had known all my life.

Today, on October 27, 2016, the first snowfall approached gently. The snow floats and falls to the earth so freely, unlike rain that seems to fall purposefully. The icy season we either despise or adore is coming. During this time, every breath becomes visible, and our cheeks automatically develop a rosy colour. During this time, the colours from the land gradually diminish into a white landscape, and the warmth of the sun fades. Everything becomes frail and frozen.

When the city becomes tiresome from the extraneous activities of shoveling and the like, I wish for the blanket of snow to melt away. However, when I am curled up indoors, I often find myself looking outside the window, mesmerized by this characteristic of winter.

It’s magical.

So now I wonder, what if I had never been able to see snow or experience winter in person? I’m sure green Christmases wouldn’t be any different because I’ll have my family by my side. But I think that now, as I reflect about this particular season, I have to admit that I have taken it for granted. And I think I started to turn away from my excited feelings over winter when I realized that it is not a lively season, despite its visual appeal.

The moral of the story is this:  Begin to value the qualities of gratitude and appreciation.

You may already do in regards to your family, friends, pets, education, etc. But have you applied it to each aspect of your life? Let your mind wander for a few minutes and think about your environment – your surroundings, which are far more valuable to you than you think.

“The first fall of snow is not only an event, it is a magical event. You go to bed in one kind of a world and wake up in another quite different, and if this is not enchantment then where is it to be found?”— J. B. Priestley

Hey there! My name is Mikee Layaoen. I am a fourth year student in the Psychology program and I am also minoring in Human Resources. I was born in the Philippines, grew up in Saudi Arabia, and now I am attending university here at Nipissing. My hobbies include hiking, cooking, reading, and doing art. I don’t really have a favourite book, but if you get the chance, I highly recommend reading Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom. My favourite movie is A Beautiful Mind (2001). My favourite clouds are altocumulus clouds. I am passionate about experiencing different cultures, whether it is through trying new food or learning specific traditions. Thank you for checking out my blog posts, and take care!


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