As Jennifer lazily opened her eyes, she expected to see light streaming through the windows, but instead she witnessed only white all over! She was able to feel freezing cold air snaking down her back, making her shiver. She rolled over the bed to flip her mobile to see the time. It was 7 a.m. The weather widget was animating a snowfall. Jennifer was thrilled! She quickly threw out her blankets and pressed her face to the window pane to have a closer look outside. She was able to see intricate patterns of ice floating weightlessly downward from the pure white sky from above. Each snowflake swirling and dancing as an icy wind carried it closer to her vision. The trees stood starkly in the winter morning like x-rays of their summer selves.
The snow from above had completely vanished the colors of fall turning all into white. It might be winter but she still finds beauty in it. The clarity and the kind of serenity that it gives, lets her notice small details as how the trees though bare have the promise of spring within them. It seemed to her as if God Himself lies dormant in those branches, ready to burst out with green and greet the world when the season changes! To some winters are cold and miserable, to some winters are all about Christmas and gifts but to Jennifer – it’s all about enjoying every bit of the snowfall and of course the best part of it – making a snowman. She just enjoys every bit about this weather. The purity of the snow elevates her spirit and a kind of positivity springs within her. The sight of freshly lain snow as a white blanket made the earth look as pristine as a book ready for new stories to unfold.
Jennifer turns into a kid around winter time and gets in to a sort of irresistible enthusiasm. She quickly freshened herself and got into her winter boots to espy the frosty world outside. She opened her arm wide and looked above. The snow alighted on Jennifer’s face softer than the kisses of her mother. She clapped her gloved hands with joy for the snow had hugged her house like a day old baby, new and clingy. The swirling white and the lush green grass collided making the shrubs and trees stain in white.
The freezing fog wrapped around her as she gazed at the everyday familiar sights of the streets now looking like an unfinished canvas painting. Jennifer closed her eyes and let her happiness soak right in to her soul which was already lingering with the tune of ‘Frosty the Snowman’..
………..Frosty the Snowman was a jolly happy soul
…………thumpety thump, thump , thumpety thump, thump…..look at Frosty go!
…………………………………………………………over the hills of snow!
Well, there was snow, deep large flakes, perfect for rolling on to a ‘snowman’. Since her childhood days, Jennifer loved winter and snow especially for this one reason – building her own snowman. She was so used to making him every winter that her ‘snowman ‘was very popular among her neighborhood children.
When she started ‘THE SNOWMAN CLUB’ three years back, her mom had rolled her eyes- but now their home was a winter destination for the neighborhood kids. If there was snow on the ground, the kids would arrive in toques and scarves.Now that its fluffy stuff all around, isn’t that enough to set up Jennifer’s imagination on fire!
Yaayyy! Jennifer showed her sparkling toothed gum to the sub-zero air and shouted in joy “I just have snow-many ideas!”. when she was shouting her mind out, her little naughty assistants came running towards her at beck and call.
Kevin, Sid, Lily and Ana were busy brining in things for decorating their outcome while Jennifer started rolling balls of snow along the white blanket. Three balls on top of another gave shape to the white figure.
Lily and Ana who were style divas brought red and blue scarf, fuzzy lime-green ear mufflers, huge black sunglasses and rainbow colored mittens. Sid gave some jelly beans for making the mouth while Kevin gave a snow shovel.
As every year, this year too after much discussion among the building mates, their snow figure was named as “Glitzy”. ‘Glitzy’ now stood huge by the pine tree with his innocent jelly bean mouth, slanting carrot nose, red and blue scarf, lime-green ear muffs, and rainbow colored mittens holding a snow shovel in one hand and appearing almost smiling at them.
Having done a great job, Jennifer and her army of cold children retreated to her house to have a fun game as a part of their club activity. The game went like this, if anyone could make Jennifer sissy to laugh out loud, they would win a marshmallow snowman!. And since she laughed at way so easily, the kids always gave it a try. With sounds of laughter and fun filling the cold day, Jennifer’s mom would fill their festive mugs with hot chocolate.
As usual it was Sid who won most of the snowman marshmallows so as to enjoy poking him and watch it melt in the hot chocolate.When all the eating and drinking stuff was done, Jennifer closed the curtains on the wintry scene and all the five of them couched to watch the ‘The Frozen ‘movie – scurrying toward the smell of popcorn that drifted from the kitchen.
As the children started to enjoy the movie, Jennifer gently closed her eyes and drifted into a serene and blissful nap…