Some Snow Falls


When asked about it later, I had to confess that, at the time, I wasn’t quite clear as to whether they were screams of joy or fear. It was obvious later, but not then, and not for at least a few seconds.

I was helping a student with a question they had about writing a particular sentence. I was trying to give them as much attention as they needed–without taking my attention away from anyone else in the class.  This is an important skill that every teacher must develop.

Back to the screams.

The students behind me started screaming and one of them said “look”. Instead of looking at them–which I think is the natural course of action, I looked in the direction they were pointing in.  It turned out to be the classroom window and what was beyond that.  It was snowing.

We’ve had a pretty mild start to winter. I remember snow in November, but for most of December and into this early January, there really hasn’t been a lot of snow. Perhaps that is why I didn’t understand the screams.  By the end of winter, I usually expect groans when it starts to snow.  Not having had a lot of snow, I wasn’t expecting a lot of negativity.

In this case, it turned out to be screams of joy because several of my students expressed interest in the snow. It turns out that several of my students had never experienced the joy of snowfall before.  They asked if I would let them take pictures.  Of course I obliged.  I even offered to let them go outside and experience it first hand.  Surprisingly, or not surprisingly, they all declined.  I found their joy at winter and snowfall quite positive and interesting.

Living around the Great Lakes, I expect a fair bit of snow to cross my path in life.  I love playing in it, I don’t mind driving in it, but I hate shovelling it and brushing it off my car.  To see my students embracing it and being happy about it reminded me that there are different perspectives to every situation and that I should take joy in all situations.  An obvious Perfect Moment for Today.

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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7 Responses to Some Snow Falls

  1. Grace Song says:

    This was a nice piece to read! Somewhat nostalgic too. I remember how much I loved snow as a kid–everything about snow just seemed beautiful and it seemed all the more special bc it doesn’t come every season of the year. But growing up and having to drive to work/school, I ended up being repelled by it. Then one day, my friend from Cali came to NY, saw the snow for the first time in her life and she told me how lucky I am to see such beautiful sight every year. Since then, I never take snow for granted and her words have really changed my perspective 🙂

    • Anthony says:

      Your story is nice too. I do get a kick out of watching the students react. Then I have to tell them about waterproofing their boots and cleaning the salt off them when they get to school…

  2. Alphe says:

    Awh, what a precious reaction. Living in a climate where snowfall is a regular thing in winter, I feel like I’ve had enough and I can’t wait to move to a place where snow is a rather rare occurrence. Interesting how certain things are admired and appreciated at first (I loved snow as a child), then become normal to then be treated as something we’d rather get rid of.

    • Anthony says:

      I do love a delicate snowfall, and have never let that go. I lived in Japan and snow was quite rare–except when I traveled up the mountain to Koyasan for work on Fridays.
      Then again, I was in my 20’s and enjoying the fact that it wasn’t really that cold where I lived and wasn’t worried about the snow.
      I remember having to search high and low for a window scaper so I could clean my window before driving. Apparently that was rare.

      • Alphe says:

        I don’t love any kind of snowfall! I may be in my 20’s, but when it comes to winter I’m a grumpy old lady, complaining all the time.

  3. Laura Beth says:

    What an awesome moment! I somewhat dread winter here in southeastern Virginia, mainly because when the weather turns nasty, driving and commuting is such a headache. People panic, and collisions are almost inevitable. However, I always feel happy when the smallest bit of snow is forecast. My heart lifts when those first snowflakes drift down, and I feel quiet and peaceful!

  4. Hunida says:

    That’s so cute how excited they got haha!

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