Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Snow and the Spirit of Friendship

It's been cold the past few days where I am. Thankfully, this year, for reasons unknown, my school has decided to heat the teachers' room, unlike the past two winters. The classrooms have always had kerosene heaters since I've been here (though we are not always allowed to use them). Others around me have been talking about snow once in awhile, but it wasn't until today that we got some.

I'm from Chicago. And I've been to Sapporo (they get 6 times more snow!!). So I know a bit about snow. I hate driving in it or shoveling it. If it happens to start falling when I don't own a car or a driveway or have anyplace I need to be other than where I am? I'm as excited as a 5 year old seeing it for the first time. Magical, snow is, when I don't have to alter anything about my day in response to it being there and can just smile and laugh and giggle and take pictures.

Snapped hastily on my iPhone hoping it wouldn't get too wet while it was coming down hard (then ended 15 minutes later) just outside my school.
10/366 - Snow and the Spirit of Friendship
(the kanji 友愛 yuu ai means, roughly, friendship, though it's more whatever you'd call in English the kind of love and respect that is shared between friends - so, in short, I'm going with something like the spirit of friendship for lack of a better exact translation)


  1. I made a comment on Lou's blog telling him how I wished it would snow a little here in Belgium. He replied that I should be careful what I wish for, and that Mother Nature could be a trickster and punish me. I think he's right. But it's a lot more photogenic than gray skies and rain, isn't it?

  2. Lovely! I think that's one of the reasons I love snow so much ... I don't have a driveway and everything I could possibly need is within walking distance, including the girls' school. Now, if we could get a little more snow than once a year I'd be a happy camper!


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