Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The Long Winter

“October extinguished itself in a rush of howling winds and driving rain and November arrived, cold as frozen iron, with hard frosts every morning and icy drafts that bit at exposed hands and faces.” 
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

It began snowing in October, on my 19th birthday.  It was a strangely beautiful day; quiet and light and peaceful, also quick and hot and fun. From talking on the phone to laughing to reading - from the warm light of the lamps to the red blanket to thoughtful birthday gifts - from the comfortable black dress I bought to wear that day to feeling happy to looking forward to the impending winter - winter came early.  

The cold air came in and hardly left.  I thought it was a lovely birthday gift, but the cold left it's mark and hasn't quite disappeared even now.  The brisk air I looked forward to lingers, the snow storms have been many, leaving myself a weary traveler through the icy season.  It was not the winter I anticipated; much longer and colder and  far more slippery.  I am ever so ready to see the sun again.

Born of cold and winter air
And mountain rain combining!
This icy force both foul and fair
Has a frozen heart worth mining!

Cut through the heart, cold and clear!
Strike for love and strike for fear!
There's beauty and there's danger here
Split the ice apart!
Beware the frozen heart...

- Frozen Heart, Disney's Frozen

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