First Snow

 
 
The first major snowfall in Aurora is now coming down. The traffic on Yonge Street (pictured above) is slowing down. How is it that mix a little snow and riving equals a slow crawl up the road?  This is just one of the many things i enjoy when snow falls.
 
Ont this night, I looked out my apartment window to see a sheet of white snow.  I love how snowstorms sneak up on you in the winter.  At one moment it is clear blue sky and the next a sheet of white.  How does this happen?  Ottawa is well known for this phenomenon happenning.  When I was in first year university in Ottawa I used to love watching from my 20th floor residence room the snow storms advance from the Gatineau Hills to the north, southward until I could barely see across the street.
 
 
Also in Ottawa, I used to enjoy the quiet the snow used to bring to the downtown.  I loved walking around the National War Mermorial and the Parliament Buildings hearing the snow pile up.  The scraping sound off in the distance of snow plows trying to keep up also added to the poetic sounds of the Peace Tower chiming the hour in a strange sort of way.
 
I do a lot of thinking while walking in the snow.  In Ottawa, I used to think about university term papers I was writing (some of them can be found here) on these walks.  The questions that wandered through my mind in terms of the paper writing included "Where am I going with this?" "Do I have enough infor to write this?"
 
History has been made with walks in the snow.  Just ask Pierre Trudeau who made a famous walk in the snow.  Will there be more history to be made in the future with walks in the snow?  Probably because "history repeats itslef."
 
Canada is made of snow, or is that "snow makes Canadians"?  People are considered "unCanadian" if they cannot deal with the snow.  How's that for defining Canadian identity?
 
So I guess I, like Trudeau, am Canadian because I love the snow!
 
That is until February rolls around...
 
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