This is a space for readers to submit their favorite snow scenes and memories. These don’t necessarily have to be “first time” moments, but I certainly encourage that. Think back to what you realized how magical snow was—maybe you were walking through a park on a snowy afternoon, or perhaps a hometown storm caused three consecutive snow days in seventh grade. No matter your memory, I want to hear it. If you have something to contribute, drop me a line so I can include it in the space below.
Spencer M. — I grew up in Texas, so I didn’t really experience snow until I moved north for college. I never got my driver’s license, so after years of pedestrian life, I came to abhor everything that fell from the sky; in Texas, it was often rain and hail. The first major snow I experienced was in December of 2012, and I’ll never forget it. I got up early on a Sunday to do some work on a paper. Everything outside was covered in a thick blanket of white, fluffy powder. Nobody on the quad was awake yet, and the falling snow barely made a sound. It was the most peaceful morning I‘d experienced to that point. Now, I don’t hate everything that falls from the sky… just the big, wet stuff.
Kayla H. — Growing up in Missouri, I never saw utility in snow. Sure, it was pretty sometimes, but it was mostly a nuisance. It makes the roads dangerous, walking becomes difficult, and I feel shut into my house. It wasn’t until I moved to Vermont for grad school when I finally understood what made snow amazing: skiing. I get why people without mountains hate the fluffy white stuff, but now every snowfall reminds me that skiing season is just around the corner.
Edward S. — I’ve never really liked snow, and I don’t really care for it now. I will say, though, that I appreciate its awesome power. In 2011, my hometown in Illinois was hit with close to five feet of snow during a single storm. The power was out, the roads were closed, and the school system didn’t even bother issuing a cancellation announcement—everyone just knew it was closed. I still don’t like snow, but anything that has the power to completely halt every possible movement is pretty cool in my book.