Wednesday, December 30, 2009

will wonders never cease?

It's snowing again today, for the second time in a week, and the second time already this winter. I can't begin to express how unusual this is for us. It's not that we don't ever get snow - we do. We get it once or twice a year, and almost always in January or February. This area had its first white Christmas in something like thirty years. For a girl raised in the north, I can tell you it was quite a thrill!

This strange weather feels like a harbinger. I have the feeling, deep in my gut, that the coming year will be different. I'm not sure quite how, but I get the sense that it will be a pivotal year, not just for us, but for the world. Perhaps it's because it is the start of a new decade or because our world seems perched on a precipice, as if we're all collectively holding our breath waiting for something to happen. Don't get me wrong. I don't think the world will end, or civilization as we know it will fall apart - nothing as dramatic as all that. I just think that this time next year, when we close the doors on 2010, we'll all have seen things we never thought we'd see. We'll experience a fundamental (if ever so slight) shift in our perspective. We'll all come out the other side just a little bit changed.

* Disclaimer: I don't make predictions or claim to know what the future will hold. This is simply one woman's opinion, based on instinct and nothing more.


  1. Yes, I think it may be a year that we have to face some truths and accept some responsibilities of things overlooked. I don't love my job, but it feeds the family and it serves the purpose. Someday it will be different, but for now, those things count.

  2. I am afraid it is the tip of the iceberg. We have been consistently getting the end to winter later every year. It is getting so bad, we have not had a good crop of apples in 3 years now. Late freezes and snow in May kills them off.

    This place we live has traditionally been an apple growing region for decades.

  3. Here as well, the past two years have had record snow-fall for London. Most of my coworkers children saw the first proper blanket of snow last year. This year we're on snow number four already....