When it catches you
“The earth is covered…..and it is falling still in silence so deep that you can hear its silence. It is snow to be shoveled, to make driving even worse than usual, snow to be joked about and cursed at, but unless the child in you is entirely dead, it is snow, too, that can make the heart beat faster when it catches you by surprise that way, before your defenses are up.” — Frederick Buechner
This is the rest of the quote that I featured in a post that published more than three years ago, in December 2012, when this blog was very new. It describes how I felt one recent morning as I looked out on the snow that was still coming down. I had been up late the previous night, and peeping outside just before I retired, was startled to notice that a few flakes had started to fall and were accumulating quickly on the frozen ground.
Somehow, I didn’t expect it to amount to much more; we were in York County, where snow falls much less often than it does in the DC area. When I awakened the next morning to the news that it was still falling, I raced for my camera, enthusiastic as a child. In the back of my mind, all the usual nagging thoughts were hovering; would we be able to drive back to Alexandria, as planned? What appointments would I need to cancel? How much shoveling would we have to do this time? But mostly, I felt excited.
I think many of us still have a good bit of child alive inside us. What objects or events make you aware of this part of yourself that may lie buried beneath the responsibilities of everyday life? When are you most likely to feel the energy of a much younger person recharging your mood? Are there any aspects of life that enchant you even though they may complicate life a little, or a lot?
I hope that today– or sometime very soon– you will find yourself caught by surprise in the most delightful way.