A Spattering of Snow

Some areas of Colorado got dumped on last night, but here in my neighborhood, we just got a spattering — more rain than snow, though there were enough flakes to settle in a few places.

The snow is all gone, now. It was mostly just a reminder of the winter days to come. Am I ready? It’s been years since I had to deal with a true winter. I thought there would be time to get acclimated to chillier temperatures, but we went directly from 80 degrees to 60 degrees to 40 degrees in just a couple of weeks.

It will warm up, of course — Colorado always does. I remember occasionally playing outside at Christmas, then bundling up in heavy coats come Easter. Some Halloweens we wore just our costumes, other years our costumes were buried under layers of outerwear. I remember years of no snow, and years where snow was so deep nothing moved. I even remember a year where there was snow all twelve months — the last snowstorm of one winter came in July, the first of the following winter came the very next month at the end of August.

So am I ready? As ready as I ever was, and as ready as I ever could be in a place where you can’t really determine what the winter will bring.


Pat Bertram is the author of Grief: The Inside Story – A Guide to Surviving the Loss of a Loved One. “Grief: The Inside Story is perfect and that is not hyperbole! It is exactly what folk who are grieving need to read.” –Leesa Healy, RN, GDAS GDAT, Emotional/Mental Health Therapist & Educator.

4 Responses to “A Spattering of Snow”

  1. Judy Galyon Says:

    That is a beautiful picture. Reminds me of the blizzard I flew into in 69 when I was flying home for my birthday from Durango. It was in the 80’s there & I couldn’t see the runway in Denver until after we landed. Hope you are ready for winter. I would love to see a few snow falls this winter, but that is rare. Enjoy!

  2. Sam Sattler Says:

    We had a wet cold front move through the Houston area last night and it was still only 49 degrees when I came home a few minutes ago – and windy. That’s about as cold as I like it, to be honest, and I’d prefer it to be dry with no wind when it gets below 50 degrees. I’m a wimp when it comes to winter weather. But I don’t mind “visiting” snow every few years.

    • Pat Bertram Says:

      One year, when I was living in the high desert of California, and friend and I went to Big Bear to visit the snow. I thought that was all I wanted, too, and to be honest, it is, but I had to go where my house is. We’ll see how I do!

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