First Snowfall of the Year

Our first snowfall this year began around noon yesterday and by nightfall had blanketed all of Southwest Virginia turning the mountains and our little town as well into a winter wonderland.
You can see the beauty of the snow-laden trees and the blur of snow all around. I felt surely our guests would cancel last night, but all arrived on time and then dashed off to see our local dinner theater’s production of “Christmas in the Mountains.” Today I am reminded of my years living in Iowa and of both the beautiful snowfalls and horrific blizzards we experienced through the years. My mind turned to some of the good snow stories I’ve read in the past. I think first of Laura Ingall Wilder’s “The Long Winter,” a classic prairie snow story. More recently, I read “No Time on My Hands” by Grace Snyder who lived through many a rough winter in the Midwest from the 1850’s to the 1930’s. And, I noticed another, long-forgotten book on my shelf–“Winter Thunder” by Mari Sandoz. It too is set in the Midwest and is the courageous story of a young teacher and 16-year-old bus driver who survived with seven children in a 1949 blizzard when their bus tipped over in the snow and burned. I think it is a fictional account, but based on a true story.

And, poetry, too, comes to mind. What about Frost’s “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening,” as well as his “Dust of Snow?” “Snow-Bound” by John Greenleaf Whittier is the poet’s simple observations of his family members as they amused themselves while snowed in.   If you are fortunate enough to have snow where you are, enjoy the imposed confinement and snuggle up with a good book.

Trinkle Mansion Bed & Breakfast
525 W. Main Street
Wytheville, Virginia 24382

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