You and I are having a special relationship this year. Whereas normally I see a glimpse or two of you over the colder months, but only enough of you to know that we have slightly surpassed autumn, always longing to see more of you – this year, I have travelled to a place where I can see you in your glory.
Every snow flake, every icicle, every visible breath as I step outside into your cold yet enchanting air; feels like I’m getting to you know you better, Winter.
Whereas before, I’ve only see glances of you; like an unidentified shadow in the corner of your eye that vanishes as soon as you look too closely, now I am seeing you in your glory, where you, like autumn does by turning the trees to caramel and auburn, make your mark by turning everything in sight pure white, clean and beautiful.
Winter, you are truly stunning. And not in the usual use of the word. You quite literally stun me. Every morning looking outside my window and seeing you around me in a way I’ve only ever experienced in very small doses, I am quite literally stunned every single time I look out the window.
I am twitching to get a chance to strap on some skis and throw myself down the mountains up here, adrenalin pumping – surrounded by the most striking season there is. To be truly amongst the best you have to offer.
I have followed you to a place where you truly belong, and in a way it makes me feel like I’ve only ever really thought that I knew you, because the more time I spend surrounded by you in your element, the more I realise I hadn’t known you properly. I hadn’t known the beauty of every icy breeze, every perfectly detailed snowflake, every white topped mountain and every perfectly clear sheet of ice.
I hadn’t fully appreciated until now, how wonderful it is to sit inside, by a roaring fire and look out at your beauty, knowing the chill you have in store, and feeling even more cosy and comfortable knowing you are there.
I thought I knew you before, Winter, but the truth is, we are only properly meeting now, and what an acquaintance you are turning out to be!