Taming This Tyke's Voice Since 2007

My First Snow(Re-posted for Writers Island)

Merry Christmas everyone!

The writing prompt this week at http://writersisland.wordpress.com/ is “This Season.” Thoughts battled in my mind on what to write and share to the islanders this week. I’m celebrating the holiday season this year in silence, work as usual and I’m intentionally ignoring the season being alone away from home, with my father in the hospital battling with cancer back in the Philippines ~ it’s quite depressing. But I don’t want to drag everyone to my own worries. I have so much to be grateful than to complain about. So I decided to re-post my entry about my first snow last year. “This season” is for kids, my first snow is the season that the child within me patiently waited. 

1st snow.

 My first snow, December, 2006.

Year 2006 

I feel restless unable to stay focused on my review class, there is that unsettling force of a child in me that could not wait. I tried to keep my eyes and ears to the lecture reminding myself that I need this review and I need to pass the NCLEX. But the longer I stay seated the more I become uncomfortable unable to absorb the lessons. My mind is somewhere outside. 

I excused myself out, taking the heat for a reason ~ it was turned high because of the anticipated snow storm tonight. I need a fresh air to breath. I went out of the building with only my sweater on to find out what makes this child-like unsettling force in me.

My eyes sparkle, I shiver from the mix cold and excitiement. I raise my head to the heavens, I opened my palms and my arms in acceptance ~ and for the first time, the snow touched my brown skin.

That is how I’m going to remember my first snow. You just don’t understand how that feels. I was 34 when I first saw and felt my first snow touching my brown skin. The child inside me waited for that moment. It was bliss.100_00631.JPG

My first snow, December, 2006 

~

The morning after.

I draw the curtain open and from the window I saw the world around me had turned white overnight. I view it wide-eyed like a child. The images of the lovely tracks of vehicles and shoes in the snow-covered grounds was captured in mind and printed in my heart forever.  

~

Today, already an RN, I walk fast the concrete side walk, cotton soft to my steps with 5 inches of snow that carpet my path. The icy winds brush my my face with frozen kisses carrying my thoughts to distant past. I watch a child viewing a christmas card of snow dreaming of white christmas.

The child has arrived.

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39 responses

  1. That looks like an exciting day you had out there

    PM00000040000004531 10, 2007 at 12:00 pm12

  2. You look so happy!
    I remember a girl from australia seeing snow for the first time, she had the huge smile you’re wearing in these pictures!
    I forget how amazing the snow is since I dread it every year..lol
    I think its worth missing class just for that smile!

    PM00000040000005231 10, 2007 at 12:00 pm12

  3. what a joyful post.. snow is beautiful.. i can only imagine waiting 34 years to see it!!!!

    PM00000050000003831 10, 2007 at 12:00 pm12

  4. It’s a while since I’ve seen snow like that! You certainly seemed to enjoy it!

    PM00000070000003731 10, 2007 at 12:00 pm12

  5. Ramble ~
    Just Jen ~
    Whypaisley ~
    Crafty Green ~

    It’s a great joy knowing that at 34, there are still things that surprise me. And that the kid within just awaiting for that moment.

    Thanks for reading and for sharing my joy with your comments.

    I wish you well.

    ~ Jeques

    PM000000100000005231 10, 2007 at 12:00 pm12

  6. A snow angel you surely are!

    PM000000110000000431 10, 2007 at 12:00 pm12

  7. redneckrenaissanceman

    Merry Christmas Jeques !

    Enjoyed reading about your experiance of
    “First Snow” at 34 Wishing you many more
    miraculous events.

    Redneck RM

    AM000000120000003031 10, 2007 at 12:00 am12

  8. Thanks, Richard!

    Some moments just give us wings and make us fly.

    An angel for a moment.

    I wish you well this season.

    ~ Jeques

    AM00000010000002031 10, 2007 at 12:00 am12

  9. Thanks, Redneck RM!

    Thanks for your well wishes and I’m glad to know you enjoyed reading this post.

    I wish you well this season.

    ~ Jeques

    AM00000010000003431 10, 2007 at 12:00 am12

  10. keith hillman

    What a lovely piece. Its good to read someones reaction to something we take for granted

    AM00000030000002231 10, 2007 at 12:00 am12

  11. Lea

    Yes, the child has arrived… and you do know the delight and wonder of a child, in you, and as you are a mentor and role-model for never loosing this imagination for the children and adults around you… May the joy you share here, touch you in the moments this Christmas when you are most lonely or thinking of your father, gentle feathers, like the wings of your snow angel…

    AM00000030000001431 10, 2007 at 12:00 am12

  12. I wish you a merry Christmas jeques. What a great pictures . I used to love the snow back in Holland. The atmoshere of a white landscape is so beautiful and so much fun

    AM00000030000002031 10, 2007 at 12:00 am12

  13. Keith,

    Seeing things regularly and becoming familiar with things blind us from seeing their beauty. They really never change, ever beautiful as they are like the snow. It’s the way we look at things that change. I wish we always keep that ever curious wide-eyed child in us full of wonder ~ perhaps in that way we would be more grateful and happier.

    I wish you this season well.

    ~ Jeques

    AM00000040000003531 10, 2007 at 12:00 am12

  14. Lea,

    Thank you very much for your kind words. you just don’t know how it help ease the load I carry. I thank God for people like you.

    Marja,

    It’s my childhood dream to see the snow. That dream I now live and my wishes were granted. It doesn’t matter if it took me 34 years of waiting.

    I wish you both well this season.

    ~ Jeques

    AM00000040000002731 10, 2007 at 12:00 am12

  15. Glad you got to experience your childhood dream – I hope you always get that same thrill from the first snowfall each year.

    AM00000040000005531 10, 2007 at 12:00 am12

  16. I love winter and snow. I’m sort of surprised at how many of the responses are from people in always warm climes talking about snow. It makes it even more magaical for me who has always experienced and always plan to, I hope. Good luck with and to your father.

    AM00000050000001131 10, 2007 at 12:00 am12

  17. Pauline,

    Thanks. It’s my second this year. Snow still give me a certain thrill like the first time.

    Mary T,

    Thanks for your well wishes for my father. I always view the snow as child becuase it that kid who have always dreamed and wished for this. I am forever a child around snow.

    I wish you both well this season.

    ~ Jeques

    AM00000050000003031 10, 2007 at 12:00 am12

  18. merry christmas jeques.

    this made me recall the very first snow i experienced in japan. lol. i even had a video of it. i was like a child too.

    hope that your father will be fine soon.

    thanks

    AM00000060000002031 10, 2007 at 12:00 am12

  19. What other people hate we love. I’m really surprise hearing from some people here in Chicago how they loathed winter and snow, complaining about the weather and the snow storm. I told them, well wait until you see a storm in the Philippines and you would be grateful you live here. There is no snow knee-high, but floods roofs-high, no pristine white, cotton soft grounds but mud-covered roads. I know you understand what I mean. We are blessed we experience this. How many millions of our fellowmen back in the Philippines dreaming where we are right now? I am grateful.

    I don’t pray anymore for my father’s recovery. That would be too much to ask God. I just pray he would not suffer that much.

    I wish you well.

    ~ Jeques

    AM00000060000001631 10, 2007 at 12:00 am12

  20. All of us have a inner child within us. No matter how old we are. Some of us let it out, while others keep it leashed. At least you let it out. You seem to be having a great time there.

    Hope your dad gets well soon.

    Hugs from a blogger friend!

    AM00000070000000431 10, 2007 at 12:00 am12

  21. gautami,

    Thank you very much. Learning to recognize the child within us is knowing the door to open to happiness.

    I wish you well this season.

    ~ Jeques

    AM000000100000003231 10, 2007 at 12:00 am12

  22. What a lovely story, I’m so glad that the child within you had this opportunity to enjoy the long awaited snow. I like to look at snow, I just don’t like the cold and the wetness. May all your Christmas wishes come true.

    PM00000010000000931 10, 2007 at 12:00 pm12

  23. Thanks, SweetTalkingGuy.

    Yeah it was bliss when I had my first snow and even now I still get a thrill watching it and feel its freezing kisses brushing this growm up boy’s cheeks.

    I wish you well.

    ~ Jeques

    PM00000010000005631 10, 2007 at 12:00 pm12

  24. rel

    jeques,
    The world is full of beauty and you are ready to accept it where you find it. That is truly the child like quality that we who love snow revel in. 😉
    Nice snow angel!
    I hope your dad can get some comfort.

    PM00000010000002931 10, 2007 at 12:00 pm12

  25. Thanks, Rel.

    I have long history with God granting my prayers. My only wish now for my father is for him not to suffer that much. I know God will grant my wishes.

    I hope yours,too.

    I wish you well.

    ~ Jeques

    PM00000010000005731 10, 2007 at 12:00 pm12

  26. Snow always makes you feel that way don’t it? Especially around this time of the year, wishing you all the best this season,

    Fenny

    PM00000020000000331 10, 2007 at 12:00 pm12

  27. I love your smile. 🙂 Your inner child shines through. Have a very Merry Christmas and my prayers for your father.

    PM00000040000005831 10, 2007 at 12:00 pm12

  28. What a sweet memory and you express your emotions very well.

    PM00000080000002431 10, 2007 at 12:00 pm12

  29. Fenny,

    Right, it never fail to give me a thrill until now – I know forever. The child never grow up. Thanks.

    Brian,

    Thanks for your well wishes for my father. And for the compliments. Everyone of us remain children inside and they shine in moments like this. I know you do.

    Lissa,

    Thanks, Lissa. I’m glad you share the joy of the memories and touched by the emotions in it.

    I wish you all well this season.

    ~ Jeques

    PM00000080000002431 10, 2007 at 12:00 pm12

  30. anujjha

    hi,
    good to see u happy . Even snow has always facinated me but the dilemma is, I have never being to any place with snow.
    I live in plain region of India.
    Ur photograph just increased my facination.

    Hey my exams r over,
    Im back & I will sequentially read ur old posting and give comments.

    PM00000090000001631 10, 2007 at 12:00 pm12

  31. How wonderful to see that childlike innocence recaptured even in the face of adult stresses.

    My thoughts are with you and your father. I hope you have a good holiday despite everything, and thank you for your very kind words on my blog. I’m really touched.

    AM000000120000004431 10, 2007 at 12:00 am12

  32. anujjha,

    Welcome back! You seem recharged and happy with the results of your examinations. You must have gotten good marks. If you like something with all your heart, don’t stop wishing for it. In time, you will get what you pray for. It is rewarding to wait. I waited 34 years for my first snow but its worth all the waiting.

    Take your time, reading is very important for us who write. There are many good writers in this community get as much reading from as many writers you could find to equipt you with the tools needed for your writing.

    But remember to always keep your voice, you’re the only one who could make that voice be heard.

    I wish you well.

    ~ Jeques

    AM00000020000002531 10, 2007 at 12:00 am12

  33. Robin,

    Thanks for dropping to read this post and for leaving kind words. I know how hard it is for you to do this being sick.
    I hope it somehow work as a balm to soothe your soul.

    Get well soon.

    I wish you well.

    ~ Jeques

    AM00000020000002631 10, 2007 at 12:00 am12

  34. The first snow is always exciting.. we have been attacked by the cold bug though … waiting to get better and go out to make snowmen and snow angels…
    Sorry to hear about your father.. my prayers for him

    PM00000080000003931 10, 2007 at 12:00 pm12

  35. Preethi,

    Oh, I’m sorry to hear that. Get well soon. Thanks for dropping by, I know how hard it must be for you being sick but you still get the chance to make me happy with your visit. I appreciate your comforting words about my father.

    I wish you well.

    ~ Jeques

    AM00000010000002331 10, 2007 at 12:00 am12

  36. UL

    So sorry to hear about your Dad. Your post made me remember my first snow, almost a similar experience, when fellow students moaned about snow/ I was cursing myself for not carrying a camera around, which got rectified in the next half an hour as I walked in the snow all the way to the hall of residence to get my disposable camera!! I did get a lot of ‘you’re nuts’ comments, 🙂 I smile, as your post surely brought it all back. Thank you.

    AM00000010000004931 10, 2007 at 12:00 am12

  37. Lovely post, enjoy!

    PM00000030000004031 10, 2007 at 12:00 pm12

  38. UL,

    It’s really nice to know that some of our experiences resonate with others. We exactly know how it feels because we’ve been there and we know how it is. Thanks for your comforting words about my father.

    Redness,

    Thanks. I’m glad you like it.

    I wish you bothe well.

    ~ Jeques

    PM000000110000005631 10, 2007 at 12:00 pm12

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