Thursday, January 17, 2008


It's snowing. We haven't had much snow in the Shenandoah Valley the past few years, but we're getting it today, with about 6" predicted. It's been coming down pretty steadily since about 8:00 this morning. Good thing I don't have to be somewhere. I usually go the gym in the late afternoon, but I'll get my workout today shoveling snow.

Ironically, in my class last night I taught the short story "Snow" by Julia Alvarez from her novel in stories, How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents, about a family that immigrates from the Dominican Republic:
"Snow," I repeated. I looked out the window warily. All my life I had heard about the white crystals that fell out of American skies in the winter. From my desk I watched the fine power dust the sidewalk and parked cars below. Each flake was different, Sister Zoe had said, like a person, irreplaceable and beautiful.
If she thinks that's beautiful, she should see what's going on here today.


katrina said...

We have snow, too! Of course, the rain is washing it away...

Clifford Garstang said...

We may get freezing rain tonight, which makes the snow practically unshovelable, so I need to clear it off before then!