The Beauty of Winter

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I forgot my phone and had to run back to my house to get it. If I didn’t have to enter my work hours, or keep up several games of Words with Friends, I probably would have left it and walked calmly to the bus stop.  Thankfully I went back for it and discovered Today’s Perfect Moment.

As I was leaving home for the second time, having retrieved my phone, I started back on that walk to the bus stop. That’s the walk that seems to take too long when the bus is coming and is way to short when you end up waiting a long time in the cold.  The sun was momentarily bright and the snow that had accumulated overnight was glistening ever so diamond like.

In front of me, a woman was pulling her child, the gender obscured by the voluminous snowsuit, on a toboggan. I smiled at the scene, which was by no means new to me.  Obviously they were headed to the field, which had a small hill for tobogganing.  I craned my neck and could see some children already doing so.  There tracks, faint and muddles, were visible in the distance.  I smiled and greeted them as I passed.

I walked to the bus stop, quite easily as my mind stayed upon the scene. Who were these people complaining that children didn’t play anymore?  Who were these people that said video games and other electronic distractions had ruined childhood?  They might be right, but when I look at hill full of children hooting and hollering, braving the cold and damp, I know they are somewhat wrong.


About Anthony

I am: equal parts rebel, romantic and shockingly average Joe. a writer trapped inside of an ESL teacher's body. an introverted attention seeker. a teacher who hopes one day to be called "Captain, my Captain." an intellectual who can do some very dumb things. a person whose Japan experience, despite being so long ago, still exerts a strong influence upon him. a lover of books, music, beer, hockey and Pizza.
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2 Responses to The Beauty of Winter

  1. Heide says:

    It’s wonderful (and reassuring too) to know that kids still play in the snow in your neck of the woods too, Anthony. My new home is near one of the city’s great sledding hills, and the sound of the children’s giddy, gleeful screams had quickly become one of my favorite things about the new neighborhood. Cheers!

  2. I love those special little moments, that sneak up on you unaware and suddenly you’re standing in the midst of a revelation, contemplating the beauty and majesty of life 🙂

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