Monday, December 6, 2010

Lost amid the snow

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It is the day after Christmas. She looks up from the base of the mountain. She waits in line with others like her, others who are looking to get away from it all. Away from the lights, the noise, the paper, the toys.

Soon, it is her turn. With a clunk and a whirl, she is off. Up, up, up.

Above her is the bluest blue sky she has ever seen. Below her is a myriad of evergreen trees, coated in white fluffy snow. 

At the top, she glides off the lift on skis that swoosh and slide through the six inches of powder that coats the mountain. She takes a moment to get herself together, and then looks around.

Although there are many others there with her, she feels all alone. Alone to marvel at the beauty of the scene, to rejoice in the silence.

She skis down the mountain with only her thoughts and the snow to keep her company. It is a peace that she didn't know could exist amidst the hustle and bustle of the holidays. The constant swish, swoosh, swish, swoosh, is hypnotic.

At the end of the day she is tired and sore, but rested and rejuvenated nonetheless. Now, she is ready to head back to the hustle and bustle. Merry Christmas, indeed.

Erin

16 comments:

Alita said...

What a perfect way to get lost in the snow. And so well written that I felt as if I was enjoying a moment just myself skiing down the slope. Which in fact is something I can't do because my left knee dislocates easily (and it is quite painful) so therefore... I needed to read this.

So thank you for sharing today. Thank you for letting me ski vicariously down that slope. Lost among the snowy hills!

Alita

suzannah {so much shouting, so much laughter} said...

mmm, what a wonderful way to get lost. i did youth ministry for a long times and skied with kids at least once a year, and i miss it now. (the skiing and the kids:)

happy advent!

Colleen said...

I've never been skiing, but you made it sound so wonderful. I think it sounds like the perfect way to get lost.

Hyacynth said...

Oh, brilliant scene painting!
I never thought about being lost amid the snow like this as an escape from the hustle and bustle. Great place to take the prompt!
Apparently, I'm going to need to learn how to ski. ;)

Lenae said...

I've never been skiing either, but this made me want to learn! Wonderful description.

Marci said...

I love skiing..I never go fast enough for whoever I'm with, so I usually end up skiing down alone, which quite honestly, I like! It's so serene. Wonderful writing!

blueviolet said...

I felt like I was skiing right alongside her. Wonderful!

Kmama said...

Great job. Love it!

Jessica said...

... with only her thoughts and the snow to keep her company.

Right about now, I could use that moment. Thanks for sharing, and bringing me there with you!

Melissa said...

Erin I loved this! I don't ski, but have always wanted to try and I felt like I was doing it with her! Great job!

This Heavenly Life said...

Oh, I could hear her swoosh and swish. This relaxed ME, in the middle of a bunch of hustle and bustle -- wonderful.

I love how you let her get lost amid the snow :)

Truthful Mommy said...

this sounds perfect. I could use a little peaceful silence in my life. I may have to try hitting the slopes!It sounds magical!

Liz said...

just reading this post is very freeing to me! oh to have that time... :)

Debbie said...

You wrote this so well that we all felt like we were in the story!

Teacher Laura said...

Oh yes, I love this feeling!!! Alone in the snow. A wonderful feeling. I wouldn't mind that right about now... =)

Cheryl said...

LOVE this, Erin!