Proper Snow

Unlike the previous weekend’s blue skies, we awoke Saturday to this:

We have had several days of snow this winter, but this was proper snow, settling for the first time, frosting pine trees and plum blossom and inviting little feet to make their first snowy footprints. (Said little feet’s owner was, however, not entirely convinced that this was a good idea, much as she enjoyed watching the snow – “snooooow! snoooow!” fall).

Winter’s duty fulfilled, the snow melted fast, and by Sunday afternoon our tiny snowman lay collapsed in a pool of his own water and the blossom was back to its unadorned, springlike state.