Snow Day!!

Snow Day January 28, 2015

I remember waking in the morning, to the white of snow
Outside the window —
Mr. Frost’s designs inscribed inside the panes of glass.
What a sense of wonder – the world has changed,
Put on a magical new costume
That makes every little thing brand new.
But the overwhelming feeling is not so much my awe
As a deep, transforming breath of freedom –
Knowing that all duty has evaporated,
And instead of everyday requirements to get to school on time,
Play leaps to the fore –
Unbridled, unpredictable, unfettered, liberated play—
A gleeful abandon of sober obligation;
Exhilaration colored white and patterned frosty lace.

Reflection:

The gloomy, serious predictions on the television, foretelling the “worst” snowstorm bearing down upon New England, my childhood home, brings back to me a sense of glee that in my memory only attaches to the occasional morning surprise announcement of “Snow Day!” As I listened over the last couple of days to the preparations for a winter storm and realized that government offices have finally seen the good sense of making everyone — not just children — stay home when the roads will become impassable, I was surprised to feel again that overjoyed surprise that I thought had died with childhood. I mentioned it to a friend who had lived most of her life in southern California, who found herself unexpectedly grounded in New York in preparation for the storm, and was dumbfounded when she reminded me that, as a native of southern California, she had never experienced a “snow day” before. Oh! Of course, but… how bizarre it seemed that I could not share with her an experience that to me seemed so natural. All my adult life, thinking about snow as an obstacle to getting to work, I had never before talked with anyone about “snow days.” Now, I’m grateful to have a chance to revive that buried joyful memory – and to learn for the first time how particularly it relates to my childhood in New England, where big snow storms happen occasionally but aren’t the stuff of daily winter life, so a big one can unfetter everyone for a surprise day of fun.

About Rev. Rosemary Hyde, Ph.D.

I am a grandmother, a classical homeopath, a mystical poet, and an interfaith minister. I also have a large, enduring place in my heart for Paris. I first spent time in Paris in 1961, as a Fulbright scholar. I remained in France for three years, living also in Toulouse and in Nancy. I have revisited France and Paris multiple times since then, and have come to know central Paris reasonably well. I grew up in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, where there were many Franco-Americans, and their language fascinated me. I was fortunate in 6th grade, when my family moved, to find myself in a Catholic French speaking girls' school, where I had the wonderful fortune of becoming bilingual. It still feeds my soul deeply, to visit Paris, speak French, and reconnect with the little French girl in me. I am serving presently as co-minister at Unity Center of Peace in Chapel Hill, NC. I give talks one or two Sundays a month -- please go to the website, www.unitychapelhill.org, and sign up for the weekly e-news to learn what's going on -- special events, seasonal interfaith ceremonies, and Sunday themes and talks. My vision for the Unity Chapel Hill ministry and for myself is to become a loving, uniting presence in the lives of all those who cross paths with us. That's all there is, really -- loving presence. And so it is. Amen. My goal as a minister is to add richness to life for those who resonate to more than one religious tradition or to none -- those with mixed religions as well as the unchurched, untempled, and unmosqued. All of us, whatever our cultural allegiances, hunger for and need support in finding the transcendent joy that's ours to find in this earthly life. All of us need and want to celebrate beautifully the great and small milemarker moments. All of us crave the beauty of prayer as an expression of our participation in universal love. All of us wish to learn a greater vision, to see our lives opening to the Divine. All of us desire deeply to find serenity and peace that lasts no matter what happens today and tomorrow. This is the meaning of Transcendessence. We find the essence of spirit and transcend the narrow constraints of our bodies and egos. Join us today by subscribing, so you won't miss a single poem, message, prayer, or meditation.
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