For some people, hope is rays of sunlight. For me, it’s snow.

Here in the most beautiful city in the world, it rarely snows. And, if I’m practical, it’s probably for the best. In Paris, no one salts the sidewalks. Snow means likely sliding down a hill or slipping on your way to work or the grocery store.

Still, snow feels like magic to me, drifting and twirling from the sky. When it sticks, there is nothing like the silence (even here) of those flakes falling onto what’s already fallen. The world is still, calm and quiet.

I’ve wanted to share this with Julien for two winters, but we’ve been getting even less snow than usual. And then, last Wednesday, a sudden storm — rain turned to large, fat flakes. I forgot myself, the pain of a sore throat, the stress of work, everything washed away. It lasted only fifteen minutes, and my napping son didn’t see any of it. A part of me regretted not waking him up.

Now, it’s snowing again. The flakes are small and hard to see. But I bring Julien to the window. I hold him in my arms. He has my eyes, and can see the smallest details. “Snow,” I tell him.

He may not understand why I’m so excited; he hasn’t had much time to discover snow, outside of picture books, where he often mistakes flakes for stars. But he smiles, even so, and looks and says “ ‘no.”

We watch for a few seconds. The flakes become minuscule and disappear. We move from the window and he says, “Au revoir, ‘no!”

Something about his cheerful understanding, of both the snow, and the fact that it’s gone, also feels magical to me, and maybe wise beyond his years.

Au revoir, snow. I hope to see you again soon.

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Comment by koshersalaami on March 7, 2016 at 7:51am

And you teach it in English, I guess because it became magical to you in English
Comment by tr ig on March 7, 2016 at 11:07am

Awww this is lovely with a tinge of sadness. We know snow but our children may have to travel north to see it. 

Your little bilingual son too .. made me remember my son's first word which was a softly spoken barely audible hot when warned not to get close to the charcoal grill. Melted my heart, the way he said it. We too, have barely seen snow this winter. Au revoir winter. 

Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on March 7, 2016 at 12:12pm

:)  :)

Comment by JMac1949 Today on March 7, 2016 at 1:13pm

Great post.  Please post some jpgs of Julien, he must be growing quickly.  ;-D

Comment by Phyllis on March 7, 2016 at 5:15pm

I won't miss snow. I thought I did until I came back to live in it again. Showing it to a baby, though, that would be fun.

Comment by Zanelle on March 7, 2016 at 5:26pm

I remember watching the snow in Alaska...It can really snow up there.  Big flakes like galaxies floating by and when you drive it is like going in a rocket ship through space.   Thank you for this beautiful writing.

Comment by Jeanne Sathre on March 7, 2016 at 6:07pm

You've captured the magic. Falling snow is a great thing to watch kids discover. Leaves falling from trees in autumn is another one.

Comment by Caroline Marie on March 8, 2016 at 7:45am

Such a sweet moment you share with us. Makes me smile.

Comment by Sheila Luecht on March 8, 2016 at 2:41pm

Great moment frozen in time, the first snow.

Comment by Rosigami on March 9, 2016 at 8:29am

This is lovely. Also wonderful- many years in the future, your Julian will be able to read these words and connect to a time when the world was magical for both of you. 


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