first snow.

I sit up in bed, sure that it’s too early to be awake, but unsure of the exact placement of the hands of the clock ticking next to my pillow. My eyes are tired and burning, my mind numb from restless sleep. Attempting to grasp some concept of time, I lean to my right and peer out my bedroom window, it’s dotted in precipitation, so my eyes go funny while I try to focus beyond the glassy polka dots and down into the dark night.

And then I see it. Across the roof of the building below, and on the big oak tree, a sparkly white blanket. It twinkles and winks at me, as if it knew just how much I’d anticipated its arrival and waited until this moment to truly shimmer for an audience of one. Underneath the creamy yellow street light, snowflakes dance and flirt with each other, swirling, bumping into one another before falling to the ground.

I watch, mesmerized, longer than any adult should. The thin layer of snow will probably melt before I wake up, the first snow always does, I think to myself. So, I tiptoe to the kitchen, my path lit by twinkly Christmas lights, and push my white teapot onto the stove. Clinking my way through the highest cupboard, I stretch tall to reach my favorite teacup, small, gold and light pink. Soon, it’s filled with spicy tea and together we retire to the living room, wrapping up in a chunky knit throw to watch winter’s coat clothe my street.

This year, this first cold, shiny white blanket tells me I’m close to finishing another semester in college; it signals that Christmas is nearer than yesterday, bringing with it a new year with new beginnings.

I’m so ready for new beginnings, I think to myself minutes later as I, still in a sleepy fog, snuggle back up in my bed. Reaching to turn out the light, I say it aloud.

So very ready. 


  1. Oh how I love to read what you write! You make me feel like I'm right there with you. Thank you for helping me live vicariously through you & your experiences :-)

    I also ADORE your photography!!! What software to you use to edit?

  2. Oh - your post made me fall in love with snow! And since I typically dread it, that is saying a lot. You even make it look beautiful.

  3. One of my favorite posts by far. It's beautiful!

  4. Your description of the snow almost made me anticipate the snow in the same way you do. (I personally am not a huge fan of snow)
    Love it!
    <3 Kiersten

  5. What a stunning post Bethany, I could totally picture you in my mind. It read like the pages from a favourite novel - you are a talented writer.

  6. Beautifully written, Bethany!
    I'm actually looking forward to the possibility of snow on Friday. Until this week it has been unseasonably warm here and, although I haven't been complaining, some cold weather and snowflakes just make it easier to relate when you're listening to Christmas carols!
    "Oh the weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delghtful..."

  7. I love this so much.

    Here's to Christmas, and the wonderful new year ahead! To new beginnings!

  8. lovely writing, ,lovely pictures. i love th first snow too, it is pure magic, especially if you get to snuggle back in bed and not go out into it.

  9. That was absolutely beautiful! I felt like I was reading a story and it mesmerised me.

    It really made me wish that it snowed here! The picture is so fairytale like too!

    And yay that you received my package!!


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