I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything quite so lovely as snow falling…
… except perhaps the expressions of sheer delight on my kids faces when we woke this morning to the soft, silent rain of snowflakes. Absolutely and undoubtedly an unforgettable moment in my life.
We’re now in Switzerland, in a little village called Hasliberg Wasserwendi. I’m sitting all snug and warm in my besties armchair writing this post while looking out into a true winter wonderland. The beauty of this scene is hard to describe, nut I’ll do my best. The balcony outside has a layer of snow as thick as the wooden balustrade it’s landed upon. The trees beyond are a sight to behold. It looks like a postcard, it really does. The pure white, perfect snow creates a blanket over every branch and twig. I am mesmerised and fascinated by how a layer so thick can remain there for so long. Logic tells me that it should either fall at a certain point, or perhaps even take the branch with it. But no, the layers just get thicker and the blankets wider. I can’t stop looking at this new phenomenon (to me).
The snow sits perfectly on the branches, waiting for someone to come along and give it a little shake. How could I not!
I know this sounds funny but it actually looks like that ‘snow in a can’ that some people spray around at Christmas time… but nothing like it at the same time, this is all so incredibly beautiful and REAL! Everywhere I look I see something else that builds the excitement, footprints in the snow, someone skiing past the kitchen window as I prepare lunch, our kids laughter and chatter as they build snowmen and piles and piles of snowballs … DUCK!
And as I sit here, taking in the beauty of it all, the snow flakes continue to float across this surreal scene – lightly, like …. snowflakes I guess 😉
I remember my sister Sue telling me about the first time she saw a snowflake, and how they actually look like the symbol that we use, how we all draw them (or cut them out of paper doilies). I could never have realised just how right you were sis until this morning when a pure, perfect little snowflake landed on my jeans. It was the most lovely sight, pure white, and light and tiny and simply stunning.
It must have been a funny sight to the locals here, 3 overly excited Aussies, skipping and hopping about, giggling uncontrollably, all while holding out our gloved hands catching the snowflakes.
I’m in awe, I’m totally mesmerised and I’m so very grateful to all, and everything, that has allowed me to be here, to see a snowflake and mostly to allow my kids to experience this wonderful place, and time, and space!
Maybe it’s the mountain air or the absolute beauty everywhere I look. Maybe it’s the peacefulness of those sweet little snowflakes mixed with the excitement of just being here? It’s a little overwhelming and certainly enough to bring tears to my eyes.
I’ve been in the snow before, but for the life of me I can’t remember actually seeing it falling? Maybe that’s why I felt the same level of excitement as the kids, or maybe I’m just getting more and more sensitive to the miracles of this wonderful world as we travel through it. It doesn’t really matter why, what matters is that, for whatever reason, I was dancing in the snow this morning with my kids, and for that I am forever grateful.
It’s hard to imagine that we’re sitting here in thermals, beanies and scarfs when our family are at home in the air-conditioning. The contrast is quite bizarre and I guess that’s why this experience is so surreal for these 3 little Aussies. In a season when we’re usually dressed in bathers and sarongs, building sand castles and crashing through the waves, here we are, all rugged up with at least 3 layers of clothing, building snow forts and sliding down snow covered slopes on toboggans.
So, enough gushing from me, as you would have guessed I could go on and on and probably will in future posts but for now it’s over to Jed and Deni…
Q #1: Tell us how you feel being here in Switzerland.
Jed: ‘Well, it makes me feel quiet, and relaxed, like there’s no rush to do anything.’
Deni: ‘Yeah, It makes me feel relaxed and excited at the same time.’
Q #2: Is it what you expected?
Jed: ‘Yep, it’s exactly what I expected.’
Deni: ‘There’s so much snow! I thought there were going to be just little blobs everywhere!’
Q #3: It’s day 2, what’s your favourite part/thing up to now?
Jed: ‘Crunching a snowball up in my hands ready to throw at Deni. The snow felt like nothingness, like if you put your hand in it your hand never hits the ground.’
Deni: ‘My favourite thing is making snowmen, except I don’t have a carrot.’
Q #4: What does a snowflake look like?
Jed: ‘They look kinda like stars that have fallen from the sky. Like tiny explosion of ice. I felt like they were a gift from a God’
Deni: ‘They look like little bright stars when they fell on the car seat when the door was open.’