Waki doesn’t get very much snow, but we recently got a lot of snow (for us). I had my mind full, what with all the Christmas wrapping and card-sending I’ve been doing, but when I opened the door and saw that it was snowing, that just sort of cleared everything from my mind, and I spent the rest of the day taking pictures.
So, I just walked to school, taking pictures the whole day. It’s really true that the same old things look different when covered in a blanket of snow.
At the entrance to the elementary school, there’s a little garden area with some benches and some plants I never noticed much before–but when the snow fell on them, it stuck on it a mass of tiny round circles and it was super adorable. (I think I have a preference for cute clusters of round things…)
The snow caused traffic and messed up everyone’s schedules, so once the teachers had all arrived at school, they let the students spend first period outside making Olaf snowmen (Olaf has become synonymous with “snowman”) and having snowball fights.
That courtyard picture is before the snow battle with the first graders. After, there wasn’t much snow to speak of, except for a few snowmen left standing. The ground area in front of the school, although much bigger, suffered much the same fate ;)
But that’s not all! Since the elementary school is three stories tall, if you go to the top floor (which I did almost immediately), you can pretty much see the whole town covered in snow.
I think some adults viewed the snow as a nuisance because of the traffic, the cold, it being slippery, etc, but the kids were super excited–especially the little ones. If they’ve always lived in Waki where it doesn’t snow much and haven’t been on many winter vacations to the snow, then this would be a pretty big event for them. The thrill probably wears off if you have snow every day, but I don’t think that should diminish the fun of the first snow of winter, or the first big snow ever in a place that usually only gets this much or this much. (And I got excited then, haha.)
And to top it off, the snowfall also coincided with Christmas card making day with my classes! It was too perfect.