This trip of mine to the US gave a lot of first-time experiences for me, things that I have only seen on films and TV most of the time. At the top of my US trip bucket list is to experience my first snow fall. I haven’t seen snow in my entire life. I came from the tropical country of the Philippines where I only get to experience two kinds of weather – summer and typhoon season. I moved to the desert called Dubai and lived there for 7 years. A place which offers sandstorm as a unique experience which I don’t think is in anyone’s bucket list, not even mine. When I arrived in the US last August, I was secretly hoping that I’d stay here until December so I can for sure experience my first snow fall (don’t tell my husband about it). My sister told me that they don’t sometimes have snow until late December and they were all hoping as well that snow will come early this year. My family’s excited for me as well to experience it, little did I know that the excitement that I have is normal for anyone even if they do experience snow yearly. The first snow fall of the year is an event that everyone seems to be waiting for but of course, nobody can beat my own excitement.
There was a forecast last Wednesday of 100% snow fall. I knew that forecast a week before so I have somehow mentally circled that day in my calendar. Come Wednesday, I was up early but didn’t get out of bed until I heard my 5-year old nephew squealed in delight “Mom, it’s snowing!!!!” I got up from bed as fast as I could which gave me a little headrush but that didn’t stop me from running towards the door and seeing it with my own eyes. I think I shoved my poor nephew aside so I can get a glimpse of the snow better. Sorry nephew.
It’s like rain which resembles small cotton balls falling from the sky. With only my pajamas on, I went outside briefly and extended my arm to catch one of those snowflakes. It melted as soon as it touched my hand. “It’s a wet snow.” my sister told me. Not the good kind of snow which will stay on the ground for a longer time. So I waited for a couple of hours more to let the snow accumulate on the ground. I tried to watch some TV programs while I wait just to take my mind off it, still I can’t stop checking what’s going on outside occasionally.
After lunch, my mother’s backyard became a winter wonderland. It was ammmmmazing!!!!
And I thought a selfie video was in order to mark this momentous occasion. Please be advised that with herculian efforts that only I can manage, I was able to contain my excitement and didn’t go all dramatic in the video. (Thank goodness!)
There was not much snow to do the list of things that I wanted to do.
1. Build a snowman.
2. Create a snow angel.
3. Beat my 5-year old nephew in a snowball fight.
Unfortunately, that night – the snow fall stopped. The next day, it’s gone. It was a very short and sweet affair with the snow. Hopefully, it will be back one of these days before I leave the US. 🙂