today’s gift

13 01 2005

Too Much Snow

Unlike the Eskimos we only have one word for snow
but we have a lot of modifiers for that word. There is
too much snow, which, unlike rain, does not
immediately run off. It falls and stays for months.
Someone wished for this snow. Someone got a deal,
five cents on the dollar, and spent the entire family
fortune. It’s the simple solution, it covers everything.
We are never satisfied with the arrangement of the
snow so we spend hours moving the snow from one
place to another. Too much snow. I box it up and send
it to family and friends. I send a big box to my cousin
in California. I send a small box to my mother. She
writes “Don’t send so much. I’m all alone now. I’ll never
be able to use so much.” To you I send a single
snowflake, beautiful, complex and delicate; different
from all the others.

by Louis Jenkins, from Just Above Water © Holy Cow Press! Reprinted with permission.

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