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'It Feels Like Snow'


I headed out this morning to walk the dog and instantly thought, "It feels like snow." It was as cold as it's been the last few days but the sky was cloudy, not clear, and the air felt heavy, damp and pregnant with possibility. Down at the creek I saw some ripples on the water and I thought to myself, "The ducks are back." I followed the ripples toward the shore and there they were, a drake and hen paddling placidly.

Modern man and woman are disconnected from the world their ancestors knew 10,000 years ago. We pride ourselves on intuiting which checkout lane will move faster, not whether a bent twig on a forest trail means that dinner is nearby. I laugh at my dog when he gets all canine, straining at his leash when a squirrel saunters by or sniffing a leaf as if inspecting a crime scene. And yet those ripples on the water triggered some deep-seated memory in me, some relic of my evolution.

And as we walked on, Charlie and I, tiny white flakes started falling from the sky. They were only flurries -- no need to cancel school just yet -- but I'd been right: It did feel like snow. And I hadn't needed a weatherman to tell me that.

By John Kelly  |  November 20, 2008; 9:30 AM ET
 | Tags: Charlie, musings, snow  
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There's definitely a smell when it's going to snow. I didn't notice it this morning, but when it's there I still get a little thrill. Hot chocolate, snuggling, board games, baking...

Posted by: stonesis | November 20, 2008 9:35 AM | Report abuse

Oh my gawd, I'd better leave work right now and get to Giant while there is still, bread, milk, and toilet paper available. There could be a huge number of flurries tomorrow, will we be able to cope!!!?? Sorry, I had to get that out. I thought that yesterday "felt like winter." Didn't smell like snow today. My alma mater is planning a DC alumni event tomorrow evening. The school is in upstate NY. It will be interesting to see if any of my fellow alums have "become wusses" since they left the cold clear north (as Jessie Winchester would say).

Posted by: mfromalexva | November 20, 2008 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Where was the photo on today's blog entry taken? It looks vaguely familiar, but then, there are so many of those wooden bridges around.

Posted by: LemonBlossom | November 21, 2008 3:30 AM | Report abuse

@LemonBlossom: It's on Sligo Creek, in MoCo. But those bridges are pretty common. I was looking at a photo the other day of one of FBI spy Robert Hanssen's "dead drops" and it looked like that.

Posted by: JohnFKelly | November 21, 2008 8:55 AM | Report abuse

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